The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 16, 1966 · Page 4
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What's So Rare as a Day in July . .., On July 26, Arkansas voters will have a rare opportunity. On that day, they will be able to free Bruce Bennett ..oi' the trials of public office and return him to the private practice of law where his charm, quick wit and restless energy will serve him well. There's no sense in pretending. Mr. Bennett will be missed by headline "writers all over the state. 01' Bruce has a'way about him that attracts atten- .tion . You take on the eve of the evolution law hearing; there was CBS set' ting up cameras (directors scanning ' the halls to find a bib-covered Arkie to "put on camera); Little Rock taking on "a festive air; vendors bidding for prime spots from which they would sell cotton candy and ash trays with William Jen"'flings Bryan's picture in the bottom. The show really never got warmed up. Judge Hurry Reed wasn't having any, thank you. We can imagine the disap: pointment of Mr. Bennett and the folks from CBS who had made the long trip to Arkansas, but such are the vagaries of life before the bench. Then there was (and is, as a matter of fact) the asphalt price investigation. There seems to be some suspicion that the state may have spent a few million ' too much for asphalt over the last several years. 01' Bruce swung into action one day and was firing questions at a ' -well-dressed man who, if not cringing, certainly was incredulous. But wait! someone said to 01' Bruce, THAT man isn't an asphalt salesman. That man is : State Representative Nathan Schoen" feld of Garland County and he's one of the good guys who is asking for an investigation so the state may recover (if any recovery is due) some of ito money. Well, darn it, that's the way things have been going lately for 01' Bruce. Things don't look to get any better for July 26. A youngish Benton attorney who has served as city attorney and municipal judge and who has been practicing law in Arkansas for nearly 15 years is opposing Mr. Bennett. Ha is Joe Purcell. Mr. Purcell is in marked contrast with his opponent. He is quiet, deliberate and dignified. Mr. Purcell has the usual attributes of a good candidate in Arkansas. He's active in community and church; graduated from University of Arkansas Law School; is a veteran; married and the father of two children and is a man of conviction and courage. It is important that the people of Arkansas elect Joe Purcell their next attorney general. TREND of the times: Applicants for nurse's training will not be limited as to age, sex, race or marital status. Incidental development: Student nurses will not share a dormitory but will live at home.—Lumbertoa (N.C.) Robesonian. CREATIVE thinking helps in almost every activity. But we have not been able to think of any way to create an activity which will require no thinking.—Knoxville (Tenn.) News- Sentinel. JACOBY ON BRIDGE » yoii wonder why South re- bid a four card diamond suit instead of raising his PM*«f» clubs the answer is that tney were using the Wolff convention. This provides' that if a player who has responded one over one rebids to three clubs over his partner's two no-trump rebid, a three diamond rebid is required. The idea of the convention gives a player who makes a horrible response, such as North's one spade, a chance to get off the hook. With a spade bust North would have continued to three spades and South would have had to pass. With his actual hand North simply dropped the bidding at three diamonds. Of course if North had passed at one diamond South would have played the hand right there. This would have been fine in this case. On other occasions North's pass would allow East and West to get into the bidding successfully. Or, if South happened to have the right sort o! hand for spades, the spade response would have led to a successful spade contract. In fact it is possible to set up plenty of South hands that will produce a spade game opposite North's collection of nothing. South has several ways to make three diamonds. The simple way is to wi nthe trump opening in his own h a n d. He takes his ace of hearts, ruffs a heart in dummy, comes back to his hand with a high club, ruffs his last heart and pauses for Fisher-North Little Rock Times breath. Then he playi trumps and eventually loses two clubs, on* spade and the ace of trumps. NORTH U AA8532 4J984 + 954 WEST KAST AQ7 AK1094 VQ438 ¥KJ1085 «A75 432 + Q1062 *87 SOUTH (D) *.T6 VA96 4KQ108 + AKJ3 Neither vulnerable We»t North East South 1* Pass 1* Pass 2N.T. Pass 3 * Pass 3 • Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—4 5 75 Years Ago -In BlytheYille Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lemons left today for Battle Creek, Mich, where they will be at the Battle Creek Sanitarium until August 1. Mr. and Mrs. John McHaney left today for Cheyenne, Wyoming and Colorado Springs, Colo. Mrs. Raleigh Sylvester ha* returned from Oklahoma City where she has been visiting. Dr. and Mrs. Jack Webb have arrived in Biytheville to make their home following their recent marriage. They will reside at 1321 West Walnut. „„„„,„„„„„„„„„„„ „„„,„„„„„ „„„„ „ „ „„ „„„ ..„„< , .«> mm* .i,..—- mmmmmmmmmmm mamm • ••- « «•»«•« *" - mammmm* • -. --• »»»'» •— Strictly a Matter of Opinion— Daily Dunklin Democrat Kennett, Mo. Missouri's junior U. S. Senator, Edward V. Long, deserves credit for the .recently-enacted and recently - signed Freedom 'of Information bill, legislation that gives citizens the right to "know what their government is flbing. While this column oftentimes finds itself in opposition to Senator Long's ultra-liberal views, we are happy to take 'notice when he accomplishes something besides more federal sepnding. .'. The Freedom of Information 'measure was introduced in the Senate by the state's junior Senator, and he served as its sponsor through committee and on the floor. From the Senat the measure went to the House where it was ably handled by Rep. John E. Moss, California, Democrat. The measure will prevent federal offices from hiding their mistakes from the press and the public by requiring non-defense agencies to open their files to news media. In too many instances in the past, non- defense agencies have used the same executive orders that shielded the Department of De fense to cover up their own mis takes. This has particularly been Fred Ashcraft In the Benton Courier .', The holiday carnage in Arkansas should make it clear — "if it hasn't sunk in before — "that something is drastically •-wrong with the engineering, "marking and other aspects of pur Interstate highways. There were 11 people killed .Saturday and Sunday because someone was driving the wrong '-way on a divided highway. One of the tragedies happened •'just northeast of foe Malvern .'.interchange on Interstate 30. • The other was.on an Interstate ."stretch near Osceola in north- 'east Arkansas. There are several things ap- ; parent about our Interstate highway hereabouts that don't require the skilled eye of an engineer to detect. Number one is tiiat it is much too easy to enter the Interstate from the wrong direction. . In other states, superhighways "feature complex exits that are • extremey difficult to enter . against the grain. They have curbs and dividers and bar' riers that make it obvious even • to a drunk that he's heading in file wrong direction. Next, our service roads seem • like deliberate death traps. "'" The motorist on the service roads crosses the path of a n exiting car ... or he faces the peril of a head-on with a car turning left across his lane to enter the superhighway. It looks like the least the Arkansas Highway Department could do is put up some better, more impressive signs to head off thick • headed drivers about to enter the Interstate from the wrong direction. Not all the slaughter is due to the highways. Drinking plays a big part. But even more than that is Hie snug, smug, cacoon off/immunity in which people wrap themselves. They absolutey convince themselves that it cannot happen to them. They cannot believe thit their bones will splinter and their flesh tear. Acci- dents are for other people. Unfortunately, somebody else is always somebody. An intelligent, law - abiding man who's neither an alcoholic nor an idiot sits down to drink knowing that afterward he mus drive amid {hick holiday traf fie. His confluence never wavers not even at the instant of im pact. Because even when he sees a colision coming, he's certain he'll come out of it alivi somehow. By the same token, why do people who can't swim a lick go out in boats or wade into lakes and rivers? They do, every day in the week, every day in the year. Over and over, people perform the same incredible acts of stupidity, not learning or heeding one jot what's happenec to the thousands who've trie: them before them and died as a result. The automobile manufacturers feed the flames by supplying bigger, faster, more powerful automobiles. Mindless parents and the kids burn them up and tear them up and every now and then kill themselves and someone else. Along with better engineered and marked roads in Arkansas, we need some harsh new traffic laws and the policemen and courts that will make them stick It is sickening, body and soul, te see a whole family slaughtered in a second on a straight stretch of highway. Nothing anyone can say or do apparently makes the slightest dent in the actions of people as far as self - destruction is concerned. They must be saved from themseves by giving them more nearly idiot - proof roads ... and by scaring them into common sense with the threat of severe punishment from the law. We need to get busy to keep highways from becoming die- ways in Arkansas. true with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce. The measure, which was not enthusiastically received by the Texas Democrat in the White Souse, was signed nonetheless, probably because Lyndon Johnson could find no non-political reason for vetoing it. It is no secret he did not favor the bill and even hinted that the country could lived without it. But the pressure was on from the news media and from conscientious members of Congress who some- tunes have to answer to the citizens back home. Despite the passage and presidential signature on the bill, provisions of the Freedom of information law do not become effective for one year. Senator Long has said this gives government agencies sufficient tune "to get on the rack track." We don't share the Senator's confidence, for the delay also gives agencies 12 months in which to hide their past mistakes anc keep the current ones under cover for an entire year. There are common sense provisions in the new law, including the right of citizens to take their case against offending agencies into court when they believe the agency is wrongfully withholding information. The bill puts the burden of proof on the federal agency rather than on the citizen. The so-called "right" of citizens to go into court, however, is a costly matter, and this privilege could prove to be sufficiently discouraging to the average citizen. Some plans are underway by news gathering organizations and press associations to provide funds for individual court tests. But this is a sad, although necessary, com' mentary on federal responsibility to the public. Despite the law's .shortcoming of time, evertheless Sena- none at all. Hopefully it will be strengthened with the passing of tim. Nevertheless Senator Long deserves credit for his role as author and sponsor of the nation's long - delayed Freedom of Information law. Advance Monticellonian How would you interpret this section of our new Voter Registration law in Arkansas? "It ihall be the duty fo the permanent registrar to cancel the registration of voters ... who lave changed their residence t> an address outside the county." Refect now on the ruling landed down by our present" At- orney General Bruce Bennett. He interpreted It to mean that voters residing outside our county could cast their ballot in iur county. He even returned to the previous law that was revoked when we voted in the new registration to help back up his decision. This is just another in a long line of Bruce Bennett .questionable decisions. It is a very definite reason to replace him with a new Attorney General in the coming elections. We feel that Joe Purcell of Benton is the man for the job because o£ his qualifications which included, to this point at least, an ability to come out 'wife logical and reasonable answers to the same questions Mr. Bennett seems to get all balled up. We commend Purcell to the voters of Drew County and hope that they will support him. Crossett News Observer Altho the state is in the midst of what should be its most lively gubernatorial contest in more than a decade, it has been left to a layman's group, The Democrats for Arkansas, to tos far bring up what should be the overriding issue of the campaign — the need for constitutional revision. This week the DFA issued their fifth "position paper," in which they soundly recommend that the 1967 General Assembly call and finance a consttutional convention. "There can be no question about the need for change and in reality there can be no question about the need for a constitutional convention," the DFA says. "To rely on the amendment process will take until the year 2,000 or longer to make the necessary modifications and by then new changes will be required." We couldn't agree more. The only hope for more efficient and meaningful .government on both the county and state level in Arkansas is through a new constitution, and unless and until it comes, the state will continue to wallow in one scandal after another such as had been unfolded this spring and summer in the dying days of the Faubus administration. The DFA said Siat three positions have been taken about the present Constitution: (1) It is an excellent document not in need of 'any major revision; (2) Major revisions are indeed needed but should be done by the amendment process and (3) It is so hopelessly outmoded that a constitutional convention is the only way to seek complete revision. The DFA says the first position stems from "frightful ignorance, excessive love for the past or fear of group said tiie second position would result in excessive diffi- cuty in passing amendments so they ; therefore have adopted support for the third position because it "is the only sane course" which is open. In making known their stand, DFA has challenged the various gubernatorial candidates to pledge their support for a constitutional convention. Thus' far, as near as we know, none of the candidates have. This might be as good a single measure as the voters could ask for in deciding which one of them deserve their vote and support. Marked Tree Tribune Arkansas teachers are getting their biennial '"headline" raise from vote - seeking Democratic gubernatorial candidates. One can't help but wonder if these hardworking underpaid professional people aren't just a little tired of this warmed over bait that seldom produces more than half of what is promised. The Holt "promise" Tuesday that has to do with a $500 raise is mighty "Faubian" and still another indication that this candidate seems not only to have the support of most every big man who backed the Faubus machine — but he also appears Pine Bluff Commercial "To insure that rural areas and small towns had fair representation in state legislatures" Richard Arnold favors amending the federal Constitution so that one house of a state legislature could be apportioned on some basis other than people. A better way to insure that rural areas and small towns have fair representation, we think, is to leave the Constitution the way it is. To give rural areas more representation than they have people does not strike us as fair at all. It means giving rural areas more than their fair share and urban areas (like Pine Bluff) less. Representtion i s not a limitless quality. Like a pie, it cannot be sliced to give one group a larger share without impinging on the shares allotted to others. This is, or should be, a government of the people, by the to have inherited the master I people and for the people. Bas- plan for conducting a campaign, ing representation in the state „. ,--. - - The Hays pronouncement on!°n population r.iay not be con- losing political power." The Tuesday also smacks a bit of i siderate of trees or i n t e r e s t Faubian politicing. It calls for a new state Education Study Commission. Arkansas already has an enclycopedic tome covering the findings of a state Economic Study Commission C 1964 by NEA, Inc. "// I'd made the fcinrf of loot Billy Casper has, I'd tetire and do nothing but p/oy golf I that made tions that education. some recommenda- would have We haven't helped groups or acreage, but it does put the emphasis where it should be in a democratic state: On people. Aside from the principle of the thing, basing representation on people is a practical approach to government. Where people are, problems tend to much inclination to accept those accumulate. And a legislature recommendations, however. Headline raises aren't what our teachers need and another study of educational needs in our state right now won't get to the heart of our problem. Until this state throws off the shackles of a deeply entrenched machine that is so committed to the special interests that keep it in "political" business, the teachers of this state are never going to receive the financial remuneration they need and deserve and our educational system isn't going to get the upgrading it must have to prepare our youth adequately. These promises are patchwork business. What we need in Arkansas is a revitalized program aimed at increasing both the per capita income of the state and expanding manufacturing and agricultural industries' income to provide the money a state must have to come up with adequate public services, including education. Until we Broaden the base of our income n Arkansas, we can never hope ior more than stopgap improvement in any field. It is true that programs for such revitalization don't grab Ihe headlines like the round fig- base representation upon in not geared to population tends to overlook some of fee most pressing problems in the state. That is part of the reason America's great cities are in the mess they're in. Legislatures dominated by rural elements have been able to ignore the decay of the cities year after year until finally the cities have appealed to the federal government for help. Though less forthright than we should like it to be, David Pryor's stance is closer than Mr. Arnold's to the principle of One Man, One Vote. The key sentence in Mr. Pryor's comment on the issue is: "I think we should at least try for a while our new system legislative apportionment in order to determine its effect." Once the people are truly represented in their state legislatures, they and their representatives are not likely to relinquish this new power by voting to amend the United States Constitution. As usual, Mr. Arnold has been candid with the people. But the Unfortunatey for both of them, trees — or farms — or whatever they would base representation on besides people — do not vote; people do. Paragould Daily Press Hooray for Alderman Fred Condray of Pine Bluff who doesn't believe in giving run-oE- the-mill ordinances preference over the rules. Recently, Condray objected to suspending the rules so the Pine Bluff City Council could rush through an ordinance allowing the city to file liens on property that it has to keep Out. He pointed out feat the purpose of having a proposal read at separate meetings of the council was to give the city some notice and the council an opportunity to think It over. Aldermen ought not to get i» the habit of suspending tha rules — particularly for ordinances as ordinary as this one. And Pine Bluff has an alderman to thank for saying so. Condray put it this way: "I'm not against this (the ordinance). I think I'm going to vote for it. But what is the urgency?" Most of the time there is none. Which means there should not have been any suspending of the rules. They were designed, after all, to protect the citizen from hasty decisions by their elected lawmakers. Or weren't they?? Biytheville (Ark.) Courier News Saturday, July 16, 1966 Page Four (HE BLYTHEVII.LI COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, PUBLISHER HARRY A. HAINES Assistant Publisher-Editor PAUL D. HUMAN Advertising Manager Snle National Advertising Representative Wallace Wltmer Co. New To*, Chicago, Detroit. Atlanta, Memphis Second-class postage paid at Biytheville, Arlc. Member of the Associated tna SUBSCRIPTION RATES Bj carrier In the city of Biythe- ville or an; suburban town when carrier service Is maintained lie pel week. $1.50 per month. By mall within a radius of 90 miles, (8.00 per year 15.00 for six months, $3.00 tor three months, by mall, outside SO mile radius 111.00 per year payable In advance. Mall subscriptions are not accept- en In towns and cities when The ures of a set amount do — but hey would fill the pocketbook with something more than prom- ses for teachers and every other citizen. state legislatures. His .stand aligns Richard Arnold on this question with Chuck Honey, and that alone should be enough to give pause. virtues of candor may be lost ^S on a population whom Mr. Arnold does not feel it necessary to Courier News carrier service ll art NOTE: The Courier News usomei no responsibility for photograph! manuscripts, engravings or maU left with U tm possible publlutlon.

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