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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 16

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Editorial Political football "BLE65 05, O LOCO, AMP fHGSe T\W (SIFT* WHICH VdE ARC ABoOT tZ> G&XH/E -ffc&M\MHAf 16 UrYof ODR SOCIAL5&UJRHVCHECK..." Hutchinson News Saturday, Sept. 16, 1973 Page 4 Wichita legislators once introduced a resolution that commanded Kansas State University and the University of Kansas to play football with Wichita State University. They sought Gov. Robert Docking's help. He was sympathetic, but he had to laugh. The resolution died. Now consider what the Congress of the United states has just done. It started a year ago when football fan President Nixon said he wanted no more professional football game television blackouts when the game was sold out. A blackout means fans in a football town, and the surrounding area, can't see the game on the tube. Owners have said the prospect of seeing the game on television would cut the sell-out gates. Congress got busy on the President's proposal. This week the lawmakers, on an overwhelming vote, passed legislation ending the blackouts if a game is sold out 72 hours in advance. Even before Nixon has a chance to sign the bill, it had been announced by the National Football League that the glass curtain would be lifted. Gracious. Not since Bingo have Kansans seen such swift action from elected representatives. It hasn't taken our minds entirely off Watergate or inflation, but it has set us to thinking about a WSU-KU football match. Erroneous impressions A special legislative committee criticized this week "reports from the press that have created erroneous impressions" about the Girls Industrial School at Beloit. That opens up the "erroneous impressions" door, and it's about time the Kansas Legislature looked into it. In the GIS report, the committee also said it doubts that the position of clinical director can be filled as long as specifications call for a psychiatrist. The post has been vacant three years. The committee wants to change those specifications. It should. We should also have a full report on the specifications in all the state's mental hospitals and penal institutions. Because the Legislature has never seen fit to pay salaries high enough to compete with other states for staffing, the "must" personnel lists at those institutions often either go begging or are filled by anyone available. Specifications up and down the line need review. To continue with the current hypocrisy is creating the "erroneous impression" that the Legislature really cares about producing the very best for these institutions. That just isn't the case. Here she comes! Miss America already ha9 blown the show, and she is hardly out of Atlantic City. She has not only bamboozled the sponsors, but befuddled the critics of the contest — those who have found the pageant performed by plastic people, making plastic statements that seemed to have been written for John Wayne. But Rebecca Ann King' in her first statements after the crowning said, among other things: Watergate — "I think it's going to be helpful for us." Richard Nixon — "He's not beyond being critfcized." Marijuana — "It should be legalized The view from here because its use is everybody's decision." Barry Goldwater — "He would be a good man for the next president except for his age." Such statements unquestionably qualify Miss King for the White House Enemies List, if it still has a list. What they must have done to the hidebound Operators of Miss America, who in years past have expected the girls to hue to the Official Line of meek acceptance, is funny to imagine. But for many of us, this Miss America really sounds like a Miss America. Which means she can be contrary if she is a mind to, unpredictable, and independent. by s.a. Drums along the Kisiwa Having survived the first week of the new TV season, I confess disappointment. Not in the networks. I gave up on them years ago, when they opened a new fall season by cancelling "The Rogues", one of the best shows yet offered. Nothing they have done since has encouraged the viewer. No, it's the lack of local flavor. Obviously, our area stations need some guidance, so I hereby offer ray own log, as a possible substitute for Jack Lalanne and the Thought for Today. (Or even for Industry on Parade.) Monday 6 p.m. — Special. City s. a. Center probes Nation Meyer lor exclusive report on his new plan to bury Main Street, trees and all, leaving only parking meters and utility poles exposed above ground. 9 p.m. — Martha and Joan. The hilarious story of two women invading an all- Oil and secrets Special to The News WASHINGTON - Efforts by the White House to ease the energy crisis with offshore oil and gas drilling have run smack into the Pentagon's secret installations in the Gulf of Mexico. Under orders from the White House, the Interior Department plans to lease huge new undersea tracts to the oil companies for exploration and production. Unfortunately, the drilling poses not only a threat to the environment, but to the Pentagon's choicest defense sites. The Defense Department has complained that giant stationary rigs in the gulf would make low altitude flights and tests of weapons systems, including "heat- seeking" missiles, dangerous. The missiles, they fear, might even zero in on an oil rig, destroying the rig and its workers. Besides the military's objections, the Interior Department has to contend with the opposition of Gulf Coast public officials who fear a repeat of the Santa Barbara oil spill could ruin the white beaches. Meanwhile, the Interior Department is grumbling that if its leasing plans for the gulf ure thwarted, they may open up the Atlantic seaboard to offshore drilling, an even hotter political potato than the gulf controversy. male domain, the school board, a parody on "Alice in Wonderland." (A new series.) 10 p.m. — M-U-S-H. An in-depth study of the school lunch program. Tuesday 6 p.m. Local news. Dan Deming is traded by BW to HK in exchange for Roger Robertson and the royalties on David Mackey's new book, "Wit and Wisdom of the City Commission." 7 p.m. — Tuesday night at the local flicks. "Last Tango at Ted's Restaurant," starring Mayor Larry Knipe. A medical drama. 9:30 p.m. — News. Greg Gamer interviews Ollie Thompson. (Best 3 out of 5.) Wednesday 6 p.m. — Adams-12. Police chief asks for recount of last city commission election. 7 p.m. — The Docking-Dole Comedy Hour. A segment of a 15-month telethon to raise funds for The American Apathy Association. (Local affiliate, the Kansas Care- Less Society.) 8 p.m. — John Davis goes to hospital board meeting, where he is mistaken for an out-of-town architect. A modernized version of "The Comedy of Errors." 10:15 p.m. — Gus Grebe tells funny stories. (Re-run.) Thursday 6 p.m. — News. Sheriff Jim Fountain reports he has hired Don Lee to investigate rumors of kick-backs on prisoner meals served in the county jail. 7 p.m. — Thursday night at the movieB. Fire Chief Verling Huffman stars in "Deep Throttle." (Rated R.) 9 p.m. — Special report: "Is Unified School District 308 Ready for Self-Government?" 10:30 p.m. — Late movie. "Godizilla at the State Fair," featuring Vern Miller. Friday 7 p.m. — "The Price is Wrong." County Attorney Porter Brown takes his wife to the hospital fashion show. Pre-empts "Let's make a Deal." 8 p.m. — "I've Got a Secretion." Expose of a proposed northwest drainage system, narrated by Charlie Stevens. 9 p.m. — Friday night football preview. Highlights of the 1972 Blue Dragon season. 9:06 p.m. — Hawaii 5-0. KU 0-5. 10 p.m. — The late show, "Drums Along The Kisiwa." Carolyn Dillon learns the bullfrog is an Endangered Species, and leaves home in search of the legendary, long lost Cow Creek. No surprises Kissinger hearing was 4 pillow fight' Henry Kissinger By William V. Shannon (C) 1973 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — Henry Kissinger never yielded an inch. Through three days of public hearings that were more pillow fight than confrontation, Kissinger sat secure in the knowledge that the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Com-f mittee are defeatist. They I feel that as long as the! country is going to havej Richard Nixon as President for the next three! years, the country might 1 as well have as Secretary! of State a man who is Nix- on'9 congenial colleague and moral peer. Under these circumstances, Kissinger found it easy to stay out of trouble by maintaining a humble, deferential manner and returning soft, generalized answers. He could be sure no one was disposed to press him very hard. His closest call came on the dispute over the wiretapping of government officials and newsmen between 1969 and 1971. What is significant about this controversy is what his answers show about Kissinger's candor and responsiveness. Supplied names When news of these wiretaps broke last May 14, Kissinger at a news conference gave equivocal answers, stating that he had neither asked for nor approved the taps. Two days later, he admitted that he had supplied names of persons to be wiretapped but he still minimized his own part. Kissinger on Sept. 7, his first day of testimony, presented himself to the committee as an innocent bystander in this unfortunate affair. The President, he said, had conferred in 1969 with Attorney General John N. Mitchell and F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover about how to stop news leaks. Applying the basic . .Nixonian principle of spreading the blame around, Kissinger continued: "He was told the best method was to apply procedures (i. e., wiretapping) followed in previous administrations." Next Kissinger shifted the blame from himself: "I had been in the government only four months and it didn't occur to me to question the judgment of these individuals." Then he lapsed into the passive voice as if the matter had passed completely outside his control: "My office was required to submit a list of those with access to leaked information. ... I was not informed of these facts when wiretaps were used." But as Ruckelshaus had said at a news conference last May and as the secret report apparently indicates, Kissinger instigated the wiretapping by his complaints to the President about leaks. He took part in a meeting with the President and Hoover when the tapes were ordered. He provided most of the names of the persons to be tapped and read the summaries of the tapped conversations prepared by the F.B.I. Nor is there any assurance that as Secretary of State, he might not participate in further wiretapping. Asked about this by Sen. Edmund Muskie, he replied "the issue of wiretapping raises the balance between human liberty and the requirements of national security, and I would say that the weight should be on the side of human liberty and that if human liberty is infringed, the demonstration of national security must be overwhelming and that would be my general attitude." Kissinger asserted that he knew nothing about the work of David Young, his former appointment secretary, as deputy head of "the plumbers." He did not know where Young had his office or that he was still on his (Kissinger's) payroll while a plumber. Young had become a non-person. And so it went. In confronting Kissinger, the Senate is like a man who marries his mistress. At least there will be no surprises. Western front PTA needs parents' help We have a new school year that has just started and new groups of PTA's & PTSA officers and chairmen trying to get their respective organizations off to a good start. But we need you. Your school needs you, your teachers need you, but most of all the students need you. They need your support of your PTA's as members. (Only fifty cents buys a year's membership. Where else can you buy anything for the same price it was twenty years ago?) Every child likes to think his parents have an active interest in his school work, and how better can you show them to be an active member in your FrA? Your being actively interested in his wellbeing in school will promote an incentive for your child to do his best in school. All ITA's have additional programs they would like to get started that would be beneficial to your school and students but they just don't have enough workers available. I know that there are a good many men and women that would enjoy working with the l y rA but just haven't been asked. So please contact your PTA president. He or she will be glad to talk with you and will welcome any suggestions that you may have. If you don't know who your FLA president is, contact your school principal for the name. — G. R. GARRIGUES, President of Sherman PTAS (Parent-Teacher- Student-Ass'n.) Sanitarian earns Profanity degree We hereby confer upon the city sanitarian the temporary degree of D.P. (Doctor of Profanity) for his public demonstration of profanity as recorded on the front page of the Hutchinson News on Sept. 12, 1973. I say, let this man "clean up" his language before he attempts to clean up any restaurant. If he, or any other man, were using this type of language on my premises, I would be very much tempted to throw him out the back door. The Holy Bible says: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." Deuteronomy 5:11 - MARSHALL UNCAPHER, State Chairman, Kansas Prohibition Party, 1411 Eastland Drive, Hutchinson. General liked Morris 9 pictures I have just received copies of the two color photographs, "GI Car Wash" and "Survey Team" which appeared in your newspaper on August 20 and 23, respectively. Although I do not make a practice of attempting to judge photo-journalism, 1 am compelled to tell you the photos by Jim Morris were two of the finest I've seen in a daily Newspaper. I was most impressed by both the subject mutter and quality of these two pictures. Please accept my sincere congratulations. EDWARD R. FRY, Major General, Kans ANG, The Adjutant General. Statement of policy Need regulations on use of wiretapping Keston By James Rcston ((!) 107:! New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee seems determined to find out Henry Kissinger's role in wiretapping his own officials and newspaper reporters a few years ago, but less determined to get at the main thing, which is to get hold of this wiretapp-, ing mania in the future. Everybody from Kissinger and Attorney General Richardson to President Nixon has said some noble things about the right of privacy and some nasty things about the dangers of tapping people's phones, but these philo-| sophical generalities arei not quite good enough. What vve need now is a clear and explicit statement of policy by the administration that it will henceforth not subject its own citizens to unreasonable searches and seizures or tap their telephones without prior judicial approval. Undoubtedly, cases will arise in the future that would justify the executive in seeking a court order to tap private telephones in the interests of national security, but such an order would be easily available in genuine national security cases. What is pernicious in the present situation is the administration's assertion of its right to wiretap without a court order on its own judgment that national security questions may be involved. Defend authority The administration continues to defend this authority both in its public statements and in various court suits. Contrary to the implications of some of the administration's statements, the Supreme Court has not held that warrantless wiretaps initiated for foreign policy reasons are legal. It has clearly stated that warrantless wiretaps for domestic security reasons are unconstitutional, but if left the constitutionality of warrantless wiretaps for foreign policy reasons open for later resolution. The Supreme Court decision in United States v. United States District Court (407; U.S. 297. . .1972) stated: "We emphasize.'. . The scope of our decision. . .this case im volves only the domestic aspects of national security. We have not addressed, and ex r press no opinion, as to the issues which may be involved with respect to activities of foreign powers or their agents. .." ; In this context, and given the uncertain legal situation, the Foreign Relations Committee was undoubtedly justified in trying to get assurances from Kissinger that h$ didn't intend to go around tapping his as« sociates or bugging the National Press Club, but even as Secretary of State, Kiss? inger cannot guarantee the privacy of othef people's phones. Other agencies of the gov^ eminent from the F.B.I, and the Secrei Service to the Army Signal Corps can dd the job; in fact, Kissinger has not ever) been sure of the security of his own private telephone calls. 1 . t< (\eed court order Attorney General Richardson, however,^ could improve the present situation by isl-j' suing new regulations or guidelines putting- limitations on the executive's use of the. wiretap power, particularly the need for prior court order when U.S. citizens are iri-|; volved. Better still, the President could add this to the shopping list of legislation he wants from the Congress by the end of November, preferably on Thanksgiving Day.. The Foreign Relations Committee is not in a mood to hold Kissinger responsible for policies beyond his control, or to hold up, his confirmation until it gets specific assur-; ances that the wiretap problem will be. brought under control of the courts, but, even now the seventeen officials and ret-, porters whose phones were tapped don't' know what private information was gath«- ered and have no assurances that they won't be tapped again. 1U The administration's excuse for tapping' the seventeen was that it wanted to "stop the leaks," and nobody can blame officials! for trying to secure official lines of commu-, nication, but it is not only information but freedom that has been leaking around here, * and if Richardson means what he says, th£ practice will be stopped. In wiretap probe Fulbright's boys put on good show By William Safire (C) 1973 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — In this week's hearings to confirm a new Secretary of State, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright was tempted to stretch his arm across the committee table and witness table, take the ample jowl of Henry Kissinger between thumb and forefinger and give him an affectionate pinch. Fulbright is delighted| because Dr. Kissinger'^ appointment helps him" fulfill a dream: To give the Foreign Relations Committee the illusion of power without the responsibility of power. This enchantment with the old myth rather than the new reality of power is apparent in the way the committee has pretended to be a stern guardian of the right to privacy against illegal wiretapping conducted under the guise of national security. Because Kissinger had obviously been drawn into the F.B.I.'s probably illegal wiretapping of 17 government officials and newsmen (this writer included) the committee had to feign a confrontation with the administration. The minuet began. The committee "demanded" an F.B.I, summary of what the illegal taps showed; Attorney General Richardson offered instead a summary of the summary; the committee "insisted" on the real summary; Richardson dramatically caved in, met with two senators and let them glance at the F.B.I.'s whitewashing self-investigation for a half hour before posing for pictures. Senators relieved The committee "won"; ordinarily skeptical commentators lapped it up; and the senators walked away relieved that they did not have to ask any embarrassing questions. Next week, the committee intends to say it really gave the Justice Department a going-over, found Dr. Kissinger only tangentially connected with the taps, and call for the full Senate's confirmation. If all this had not been a charade, Senators Sparktnun and Case might have dug out some interesting information with questions like these: Did then-Attorney General John Mitchell sign the 17 author^, izations for warrantless wiretaps before Or, after the names of the targets were filled in at the top? Were the F.B.I, taps conducted for longer than 90 days without a fresh au 7 ! thorization as required by law — or, as Mitchell will claim, was there any "short- circuiting" of his office? m The Foreign Relations Committee doe's not want to know about this, because it would lead to an exposure far more signify* cant than whether Henry Kissinger gained a bureaucratic edge by listening in on conversations of the closest aides to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense. They would discover, for example, that at least two of the 17 men tapped had not the remotest connection with foreign affairs, but were made targets because one had opposed John Mitchell's politics and the other had been Bob Finch's right-hand man. That means that somebody way up there might well have broken the law. What hap" T pens when somebody way up there is suspected of breaking a law? The present Attorney General comes under pressure to look into the acts of one of his predecessor's and the people he dealt with at the center of power. •• > Difference of opinion If the committee had been interested, it would have come across a slight difference of opinion going on in the Nixon Administration today: Special Prosecutor Archu bald Cox "has asked for further information" about these wiretaps, and the Justice Department is most reluctantly letting him continue the investigation he has begun. (If this were a news story, that would be the lead.) 1 do not believe Henry Kissinger was per; sonally responsible for providing a cover of "national security" for wiretaps that had nothing to do with national security. But the Kissinger nomination is the Senate|s crowbar, the only one it is likely to have, lo pry into illegal and unconscionable surveillance. If the senators only advise and condonei they will have little cause later to fulminate about "executive privilege." If the committee wriggles out of its duty to de^ fend against the perversion of our intelligence-gathering process, when it does have the power, then it deserves no serious consultation when it is powerless. Looking backward 10 Years Ago in 1963 Quints wore born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fischer, Aberdeen, S.D. Joy Elaine Rutter, Coffeyville, waB elected state fair princess. Sweepstakes in the state newspaper contest were won by Hart Dey, Ulysses News, John Frazier, Garden City Telegram, and Charles Barnes, Pratt Tribune. 25 Years Ago in 1940 Robert Bock, Mackaville, resumed his campaign for the state legislature as a Democrat with Everett Erhart, Republican, opposition. Bock had earned eight hours on his KU degree HUB summer. 50 Years Ago in 1923 W. H. Mitchell und Martin Hoaglanc^ GAR leader, roportod Milwaukee was wid£ open for the national convention. * Jack Demsey knocked out Luis Firpo in the first round of their houvyweight titlfe fight. Firpo was floored seven timoB. It wu$ the most furious fight ever Btaged. Eighty-* five thousunds wutchod the buttle. *

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