The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 23, 1966 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 23, 1966
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Boggling with the Non-Issues The longer the long hot summer gets, the worse the campaigning. In his all-out pitch for the wool hat vote, Jim Johnson has become quite lost in a maze of non-issues. This week on television, Mr. Johnson campaigned against the present administration in Washington and civil rights groups. In order to lend some relevance to the subject at hand—the Arkansas Democratic nomination for governor — Mr. Johnson explained to his television audience (which is considerable because even those opposed to Mr. John- Son _ nay, especially those opposing •him—never miss Jim Johnson on television) that three candidates in the present race were selected by Lyndon Johnson. It is an especially dangerous thing to underestimate the voting public's gullibility, but we would venture that Jim Johnson almost assuredly has misjudged the public naivete. While Mr. Johnson has been invoking the name of God on the one hand and espousing a gospel of hate on the other, other candidates were boggling in the final days of what has been a strenuous campaign (candidates for state office develop a keen appreciation of the fact that Arkansas has 75 counties, most of them rather large). Dale Alford did his cause great good in appearing here, if only to give the lie to his teevee image. In person, Dr. Alford does not look like a used car salesman who has foundered on a surfeit of success. In person, Dr. Alford looks like what h« is: a quick-witted, able campaigner. In view of these obvious talents, his court house lawn speech is even stranger. Speaking in about the sixth largest urban area in Arkansas, Dr. Alford confined his remarks to attacking Winthrop Rockfeeller (which should be flattering to Mr. Rockefeller) and promising to add an agricultural burden to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. Hopefully, he'll have second thoughts about the latter, if elected. AIDC needs a 1 singular unity of purpose at this time when northern labor and capital are massing for a Congressional attack against the state's Act 9 industrial financing program. If agriculture needs added attention at the state level, it should be given through a new state Department of Agriculture. Jim Johnson's campaign will serve some purpose (and hopefully if will not be one of pointing up an egregious indifference on the part of the voter who would let a Jim Johnson slip into office). It will be the yardstick by which Arkansas measures the progress in the character development of her people; for Jim Johnson is running a 1954 campaign and is promising 19th century government; a promise, by the way, he can't make good on. It could be that many people in the state want this. We can't entertain this as a serious hypothesis until after the ballots are counted, however. j Show Beat Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD (NBA) The marquee on the Follies Theater in downtown Los Angeles reads: "Closed For Filming." But-that doesn't stop a stripper with the piquant name of Honor Knightly -Even though her place of business is shut down, she drops around every day for lunch. The theater has been taken over by the Columbia company, shooting "Enter Laughing." Carl Reiner is the director, and the cast includes Jose Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Elaine May. Janet Margolin, David OpatoshUj Nancy Kovack and a young man named Rent Santoni. The Follies is a dreary burlesque house. It is small and dirty and old. It was built in 1898 and was known as the Belasco and Lyric at various times. There: is a plaque in the lobby which notes that it was here that burlesque queen Lili St. Cyr first took it off, back in 1944. Despite its rundown condition, the Follies is perfect for "Enter Laughing.'" It is the only theater in Los Angeles which looks like an old New York theater, with the boxes and balcony and narrowness. And "Enter Laughing" is the story of the beginnings of a young man's theatrical ca- reer In New York. It comes from Reiner's semi- autobiographical novel and play of the same title. On Broadway, the part was played by Alan Arkin, but Reiner says he's now too old - he's 31 — to do the part on the screen. Santoni gets the big break in the movit version. Jose Ferrer plays the operator of the theater, and it's » part which should be fun for him to do. Actually, this is Ferrer's first movie sine* "Ship;bf Fools," and that was mad* two years ago. "I can't understand it," Ferrer says. "For two years I'vt been waiting for the phone to ring. Now this part comes along but it amounts to only four weeks' work. A man can't live on four weeks' work every two years. i think I'll have to move back to New York where I know/ I can always work. I'm going, to be tied up with 'Man from La- Mancha' for the next year, subbing for Richard Kiley and'then taking it on .tour." Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Saturday, July 23, 1966 Page Four Strictly a Matter of Opinion Caruthersville Journal Caruthersville, Mo. About eight months ago the Journal tried to point out the need for some organized youth center in Caruthersville. Two relatively successful, chaperon more than a few months. Ac-t tually, it has not gotten past I that crucial stage of newness — .t is not yet a permanent thing in our community, there is still the test of time to determine this. We do feel, however, tha 1 relatively BUU\.caai,ui, ^iio^ua.—.- ivc UU icci, UUTWVCI.} *• « *» * ed dances were held and inter- those who have made the center -• -----' "•-••' a real thing, not just a dream deserve recognition. We don'1 name them but they know who we are speaking of and wil: realize that this is sort of an anonymous tribute in reverse. But more than ever we feel the real test is now beginning. A battle has been won but the center is something our community is in dire need of and shoulc be kept alive and going. This is a job which calls for the united effort of both parents and the young people. We have a good thing going, let's keep it that way. est stirred in that need. About five months ago that idea turned into a reality and an organization known as the Hive was formed. There are some residents who will probably find some reason to be critical of the center and there might have been a slip or two during the past five months. We would not be so naive as to profess that this organization and the center has found perfection, that is a quality seldom found in any organization. Every Friday and Saturday night for the past five months the teen-age members of the organization have had a place to go to enjoy themselves. The activities have been well chaperoned and the conduct of the young people has been surprisingly good. Far beyond what many had expected. Parents have been wonderfully co-operative in this effort by readily serving as chaperones in .most instances. Most of them who have spent time at the Hive . have been most satisfied at both the conduct of the young people and the management of the club. There have been some prob- w«» a u,,v...„..,.. >- ...... — 0 ~- - r lems the common problems of parently was successful. Now a any organization and a few that federal law requires that refrig- ••'are unique to a youth club. But erator doors he made without a these have mostly been small latch, Hie presumption being and overcome through firm and that a trapped child would push well thought of action by those its way out. But some experts who govern 'the Hive. on household appliance safety There are some who said the have posed the disturbing ques- organization would not last I lion whether the trapped child Daily Dunklin Democrat Kennett, Mo. Some years ago there was lot of furor over the hazard of abandoned refrigerators on back porches and the like. It was found liiat they became potential death traps for children, a number of whom were suffocated when they climbed in anc then could not open the latchec doors from the inside. A nation-wide campaign to cal attention to this danger ap- Sharp County Record For the first time in the history of our state, the Lieu.' tenant Governor's race has attracted a large field of candidates and generated some fast moving campaign activities. It is a sign of aroused public interest and deserves special consideration by a half million Arkansas voters. It may prove to be the breaking up of a political log jam that has stifled political freedom on numerous occasions for many years. Free wheeling democracy has result"ed" from the efforts of eight colorful candidates seeking to succeed Nathan Gordon of Morrilton who took over the office of Lieutenant Governor at the end of World War II. The present race for Lieutenant Governor has developed spotlight interest for peope of Sharp County and North Arkansas. A native son of Carroll County who is now a leading citizen and home resident of Sharp County, has recently been chosen in a press poll as the front running candidate. He is Joe Nell Basore of Cherokee Village. North Arkansas has every right to manifest pride in Hie candidacy of this fine young man. He has demonstrated proven qualities of courage, ability and understanding of present-day problems. It seems certain that North Arkansas will support him with enthusiasm. Probably the most effective Basore's campaign has been his willingness to work and meet voters. He has visited already in 75 counties, seventy - five Courthouses and hundreds »f small communities. No other candidate running for any office has approached this record. He has promised to become a work- Ing Lieutenant Governor and we believe he will. We recommend him to all Arkansas. can be depended upon to do this. Tests are cited which reportedly show that children will not always push their way to freedom. Thus it appears that the matter ought to be gone into again, li latchess doors are not the full answer to the potential hazard, then something better should be devised. It is hard to believe that ingenuity could not produce refrigerators without a built-in menace to curious toddlers. Crossett News-Observer Altho the election is still some two years away, Governor Faubus used the unlikely locale of Los Angeles, Calif., last week as the spot to announce his candidacy against U. S. Senator J. William Fulbright in 1968. The Governor didn't come right out and say he was going to rush home and pay his filing fee for the office, but those who heard and saw his remarks via TV while he was attending the National Governor's Conference, could suspect little less. In an interview following t h e passage of a resolution by the Governors which supported the President's foreign policy, Governor Faubus lambasted those who have been lukewarm to-j ward the. Vietnam War and especially Senator Fulbright who has been the un-official spokesman for those who urge a course of caution. Faubus declared that the Pulbrights ol the land have no right to oppose the President once we have I sight. committed and that troops to they are battle being un-patriotic to s p e a k out now that our young men are on the firing line. This is the strongest statement Faubus has made against Fulbright to date and is probably just a sample of other warm remarks he will make against the Senator in the months ahead, as he completes his own "lame duck" term and rests up for the Senate race ahead. If it is true, as most political seers believe, that Faubus will run against Fulbright he will have some of the advantages in the two years ahead. While Fulbright will still be in office and forced to take a stand on the issues of the day, Faubus will be "retired" and safely out of the daily battle for political survival. Faubus can then shoot without too much fear of being shot at. That is if the Fulbright supporters allow the public to forget the Faubus record, which is daily becoming more besmirched as scandal after scandal is unfolded. At first glance it might appear that playing on the natural patriotism of the oeople might do Faubus good and Fulbright harm, but then we think that would be selling the natural intelligence of our people short. Most of our citizens know that, even in dissent, Fulbright is as much a patriot to the basic ideals of our land as is the man who shoulders a gun and rushes off without question to shoot anybody and everybody in O Utt \if NEA, Int. "Are you wt you cortrf Democrat—oyr invitation (• Lwi't **Uint STILL han't amVtaT If the big issue of 1968 is who is the better patriot, Faubus or Fulbright, the latter should win in a walk. Arkansas Baptist Four of our neighbors — all out of one family — are dead, a part of the Fourth-of-July highway fatalities. What can you do, but die, when somebody driving the wrong way on the freeway hurls his automobile into you? The morning papers on July 4 reported eleven traffic deaths in Arkansas. Two of the accidents involved drivers headed the wrong way on freeways and all of the others apparently were due to the loss of control by the drivers, indicating excessive speeds. The greatest gambling losses are not in the casinos — as high as that is. The most tragic losses are on our h i g h w a y s. There are too many drivers playing American roulette with their automobiles as the death instruments. It would be deeply regrettable if the reckless driver hurt no one but himself. But he lays not only his own life on the line, but the lives of all those in his car and in other cars in his vicinity, when he drives at a dangerous clip or insists on passing in a no-passing zone. Not to menton again driving the wrong way on a one- way drive. Surely it is high time that reckless drivers be taken off the highways before the massacres. They should be dealt with for what they are - potential murderers. And driving while intoxicated should draw the maximum penalty. good old Orval in the Governor's Cfoair. You've got to say this abou old enemy Orval: he could sil there and spout platitudes anc make you believe 'em, and he could do it with polish and dignity, too. J. J. J. makes the hackles rise when he gets 'that'pious expression and starts quoting the. Scriptures. Orval Faubus had (and has) a good bit of style. J. J. J looks and acts like the political accident he was anc is. Hope Star The state of Mississippi, only remaining Prohibition state, surrendered to the march of time. Governor Paul B. Johnson sign ed into law a bill providing for local option elections by coun. ties. You might expect a jubilant Warren Eagle Democrat While many people (including us) feel that the nomination of Jim Johnson for Governor would be the worst disaster to strike Arkansas since the Cotton Bow] game with LSU, we must concede that "Justice Jim," as he peculiarly styles himself, is apparently winning the bumper sticker war in Bradley County. Perhaps we're hypersensitive about seeing stickers boosting good old J. J. J., but it seems that he has lots and lots of them in our area. Maybe people would like to return to the Good Old Days Justice Jim calls to mind — days when Washington was the place Calvin Coolidge had an office. This is, however, the space age. Remember? We agree that Justice Jim looks good and talks good and thit he has a wife who's more of an asset to him than Jackie was to the late President Kennedy, but we just can't get very enthusiastic about thinking of Justtc* Jim taking the plac« of cry from this avowedly "wet" newspaper, but jubilation is out of place in a story so sordid and pathetic. National prohibition was pathetic, because it presented the hypocritical spectacle of church groups denouncing any tieup between church and state but at the same time piously lobbying for police power to put in jail adults whose views differed ifrom their own. Prohibition was sordid, especially in Mississippi, because after installing -rohibition as "a great moral reform" the state set up what amounted to a gov. ernmental racket, licensing and taxing bootleggers. The spotlight is on Mississippi, not because it was alone in its prohibition wickedness, but because it happens to be the last of the commonwealths to vote for repeal. Today we know it is folly to try to legislate on what adults shall eat or drink or wear. But we didn't know until we had tried it. I think most people agree that alcoholic beverages present a problem which calls for govern, mental regulation — but short of flat prohibition. It is this editor's view, and his paper's established policy, that while prohibition might have seemed necessary as a last resort two gen- eratons ago times and circumstances make it indefensible today. Before the days of automobiles, good roads, movie houses and television sets there was precious little entertainment eX- cept for the old-time saloon. Public drunkenness was a critical problem on the frontier. But area so n able man is bound to consider it unreasonable to argue that with all th* better things in life to spend money on and enjoy today th* Our position is founded on logic, not emotion. We explained in in two local option elections in Hempstead County — winning one, but losing the other. Local option is not entirely savory, either, as Mississippi will find. We have it in Arkansas. The way it works in Arkansas is like this: Hempstead county votes liquor out but continues to draw benefits from taxes on liquor sold in neighboring. Texarkana. Liquor taxes are deposited in the state general fund, and distributed at th* county and district level ai "turnback funds," without regard to whether a county ii "wet" or dry." That's a pretty co ; zy situation. And thoroughly dishonest.- If a community won't shoulder the responsibility of handling its own share of the liquor traffic, then it.ought to be held up to public scorn for taking tax money from a neighbor who has to bear all the policing cost. We know. Marked Tree Tribune Arkansas Republicans are a minority party if ever there was one and though many a citizen seems pretty grateful for what the beginning of a two-party system has been able to provide the average Arkansas citizen by forcing open some well-guarded doors to reveal some king sized abuse of laws — that gratitude frequently stops short of coming across a party line out in Sie open. At least one gain has been made. It really doesn't take as much fortitude to be a Republican in Arkansas today as it doe's patience — and though patience is reputed to be a virtue ter course and let it be known they beieved there was substance and validity to the claim that Mr, McMillan had offered to withdraw from the primary for a healthy hunk of money. Their decision obviously was an effort to meet Chicanery with candor. Only the naive or unthinking person has failed to realize that the candidacy of Gus. McMillan for governor on the Republican ticket was the design of some guffawing big boys in the back rooms of the majority party. They undoubtedly had in mind "to have a little fun" with |h« new Republican organization lican attorney general candidate Jerry Thomasson, popped the lid off the case of bid rigging in the sale of asphalt to the Highway Department with figures that indicate the state may have been defrauded of over 3% million dollars or more in recent years. He also added the eye- opener, which Democrats had failed to mention, that asphalt purchase records for the years 1957 and 1959 apparently are missing from the Highway Department files. It was a mighty big story that loomed up even on the inside pages, where, one Little Rock paper preferred to place it. In the Democratic administration it apparently triggered a move to bury it even more. The legislators "interested" in the investigation turned it over to another candidate for the Attorney General's office — the incumbent Bruce Bennett, an advocate not too well noted for vigorous prosecution of any ill connected with partisan matters on his side of the fence. That was also the week that Republican Executive Committee members had to decide whether to ignore the attempts of Gus McMillan to make a mockery of its first statewide primary or call his hand at what appeared to be some dtvjous ilans to discredit the mm all bona-fide members of the party average person has the same' Have chosen as their standard temptation to get drunk that he bearer In the governor's race. had two generation! ag*. Tha committee chow th* Ut>< it can be a painful one at times, and also a plan to be able to say It was last week for instance, (later, this year of a small GOP That was the week toe Repub- P"'™ 1 ? vote <. " set there ' enough of those folks around to do much more than stir a breeze much less elect a governor." Living with this realization and coping wifil it are part and parcel of what it takes to build a two party syystem and most persons who have signed on as Republicans realize this. They know it takes patience and they know you can turn a goad into an advantage — setting up for a primary this summer won't hurt organizing in November a bit — and they also know that a fresh breeze might be all that's needed to elect a governor. fHE 8LTTHEV1H.1 COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES PUBLISHER HARRV A. HAINES , Ailistant >-u»U»h«-E(Utot PAUL D. HUMAN Adrertlilnc Manafer Sole National AdTertlilBf RepreicntatiTe Wallace Wltran Co. N«» Toft, Chicane, Detroit, Atlanta. MenpUi Second-clan poitaie paid at BlythtTlUe, Alk. 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