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Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan · Page 14

Lansing, Michigan
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Wednesday, January 2, 1974
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A-14 Wed., Jan. 2, 1974 JACK ANDERSON Cuban Doctor Probe Target EdlotoroaDs THE STATE JOURNAL Our 119th Year Good Luck To Cooley Law School One of the modest success stories of 1973 which we hope will become a much bigger story in 1974 is the new Cooley Law School in Lansing. The school will observe its .first anniversary Jan. 11. The small school on S. Grand Ave., opened with 76 students, operating on a shoestring under a private investor group headed by then State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Brennan. It was the first new law school, public or private, established in Michigan in decades and the first ever set up outside of the Ann Arbor-Detroit area. But it was not long before Brennan and his new school came under fire from the big establishment law schools, principally the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The charges were that Cooley does not meet the full accreditation standards of the American Bar Association, that the state does not need another law school and that Justice Brennan was in conflict of interest heading up a private law school while still maintaining his post on the high court. Brennan settled the latter argument by resigning from the Supreme Court although denying any conflict of interest. The question of accreditation still is unsettled as the new school continues to expand its faculty, law library and physical plant. While the new law school struggled to make it through the crucial first year, pressure groups succeeded once more in blocking legislative approval of any new state-supported law schools in Michigan. Michigan State University's proposed law school, which has been before the lawmakers for years, was shot down. By year's end, however Cooley Law School was doing well with an enrollment of 221. The problems of bigger facilities and funding are not resolved but Brennan has expressed confidence these troubles will be worked out. Michigan needs law school facilities for more of its citizens outside of the long established inner circle of Detroit and Ann Arbor. Cooley Law School has made a good start in that direction and we wish it continued success. Lobbying Reform About nine months ago Atty. Gen. Frank J. Kelley concluded an investigation of some alleged violations of Michigan's lobbying laws in connection with some dog racing legislation which was then pending before the Legislature. . . He concluded available evidence could not justify prosecution largely because present lobbying control laws are so toothless they are virtually impossible to enforce. During the past year a special Senate Committee studying proposed reforms of lobbying laws also noted that the attorney general, ten years ago, had made similar observation while investigating alleged lobbyist influence on a tax reform program. Kelley proposed a list of reforms needed then (1962) to better control powerful lobbyists activities. Of course, nothing in the way of reform occurred. By the end of 1973 the Senate committee has proposed and backed a stronger lobbying control law and such measures were drafted. They were left in committee as the lawmakers headed for home in December. Tlie Senate committee concluded that lobbying, properly conducted, has its place in the legislative arena and in many instances is helpful in studying the merits of proposed legislation. But it was also stressed that the law must be revised to more closely regulate and identify those who are paid to influence passage of laws. Certainly, one of the most important reforms needed is for disclosure of financial activities of registered lobbyists where the money is coming from and what it is being used for. This is as important as disclosure by legislators themselves about their campaign - fund sources. Michigan lawmakers have, been sidestepping the reform issue for years. But now they have some serious proposals to work -on, largely because of the 1973 study by the Special Senate Committee on Political Ethics. The legislators will be back for the new session in a few days and it's time they get the job done. "Here this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know how God lays his command upon them, and causes the lighting of his cloud to shine?" Job 37:14, 13. To know about Christ is not enough. To be convinced that He is the Savior of the world is not enough. To affirm your faith in Him, as we do in the Apostle's Creed, is hot enough. You really don't actively believe in Christ until you make a commitment of your life to Him and receive Him as your Saviour. Billy Graham, American evangelist. 'OK, SO I'M CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE THAT DOESN'T MEAN I HAVE TO LIKE IT!! Letters to the Editor ) Christmas Reminder LANSING: As a Christian I would like to express my appreciation to you for giving your front page to the Christmas account on Christmas day. It seems this year there has been an unusual number of reminders that the Dec. 25 holiday began as a pagan celebra tion and later was assumed by Christians as a day on which to celebrate the birth of their Give Us a Hand LANSING: Worms (a Mother Earth feature on earthworms Dec. 10), unwed mothers your paper seems greatly in need of a selective editor for family living section. Admittedly, your revenues must be tremendous because of the many pages of advertising we must wade through. For. 1974, why don't you consider up-grading your paper? The public has been trained to expect . leadership from its newspaper. From ours we get the sordid side of life and the news services. You have improved your WASHINGTON There are those in Washington who think that the perambulator is a more dangerous weapon than ' the atomic bomb. There are also those who think that oil is just the curtain raiser of many shortages as world population swells. LESTER R. Brown of the Overseas Development Council is one of the first: He warns that world population will double in 36 years at present rates, and that some global resources are running low. C. Fred Bergsten, of Brookings Institution, is one of the second: He says that the United States should start aiding the "third world" (underdeveloped) countries fast: ' Like the Arabs, they have a lot of scarce things that America needs. The world's present population is 3.9 billion, Mr. Brown said recently, and he expects it to double by A.D. 2008. He does not see enough food to go around by then unless something is done, and he says in- dustrial raw materials seem to be running low, too. "UNCONTROLLED human fertility may pose a greater PAULGREENBERG The peculiarly horrible assassination of the Spanish premier recently was also instruc-t i v e : The carefully-timed explosion sent his car five stories up and over the walls of the church in which he had just attended mass. Such is the force of hatred nourished over three decades, and such is the effectiveness of repression enforced over the same period. THE REPRESSION that has followed and followed and followed the Spanish Civil War is an understandable as it has been terrible. The war has now dominated the political, historical, literary and artistic mentality of Spain for three decades. The struggle was so bloody, disastrous and fanatical that it is always a surprise to realize that it lasted only 33 months. . Its horror may be gauged by noting that it has bred 33 years of supnression. The extent of the Spanish re pression is indescribable in American terms, but to try: It is as if, after the War Between the States, Butcher Butler had been given dominion not only Lord. Apparently, from what I read, this is probably true. However, since the celebration of Christ's birthday on this day has been remembered for the past 1600 or more years in all nations of the world, you are to be commended for giving this event the space it deserves. PETER F. NIEUWKOOP Pastor, Maranatha Baptist Church service in one area which this writer appreciates: capitol coverage. However, since we are the seat of state government and people are more government conscious than they have been in years, why not put today's happenings under the dome on page one of section one. How they voted. Great. .Now, why. not take roll each day and let us know who isn't there? Michigan needs better government. The citizens can't be there where it- happens. But you can. Please, . give us a hand. JUNE KNOSTMAN RICHARD STROUT Other S threat to our future well-being than any other factor," he says in his book "World Without Borders." Mr. Bergsten says that the "third world" has things the United States needs (like Ara- . bian oil) but that America is not cultivating it. "The United States is the least responsive to third-world needs of any industrialized country at this time," he charges. "U.S. help is-small in quantity, and getting smaller. Its quality is declining. It lags far behind the policies of Europe and Japan. The administration and Congress must share the indictment." BOTH MEN wrote before the oil shortage. Both see other shortages, likely. Both say America now must think globally; above all they warn that the United States,, with 6 per cent of the world's population, will find it hard to continue to use one-half of the world's material resources. STUDENTS HAVE made these arguments for years; now they hope the oil shortage has caught . America's attention. The situation has alarmed Spain Still Seething over New Orleans but over the entire South, and not just for the better part of a hellish year but for three unrelenting-decades; and Thaddeus Ste--vens' word was still law as late as 1888. But the outlandish comparison can give Americans only an inkling of the Spanish passion, for as harsh as our war of brothers and its aftermath were, : that formative struggle was innocent of 20th Century ideology and technology-forces that have allowed Spanish politics in this age to become, alas, more Spanish than ever. THE SPANISH Civ il War of 1936-39 was Goya without the humanity. Aeroplanes and machine guns replaced the bayonet, fascism and communism the human faces. The . canvas of Picasso's "Guernica" was rolled out thereafter into unrelieved decades of suppression. The rationale on both sides remains the same it has been in Spain since the 16th Century, when the Moors were not only driven completely out of Own Worst Enemy LANSING:,. The. reprint of a Wall Street Journal, editorial, titled "Motown D.C.", Dec. 22, prompts this letter. The assertion that the federal government is taking r charge of the automotive industry seems .correct and a matter for some concern. Few who live in Michigan are ignorant of the correlation between a healthy automotive industry and our own well being. We should be concerned about, and alert to, what the . federal government is doing in this field. There is another provocative side to this matter. The many-headed automotive industry has been its own worst enemy when it comes to concern for its own future. The steady, avoidable, rise in auto deaths and serious ; injuries, due to easily corrected faults in auto Disagrees on NASHVILLE: The Bible called the Living Bible by Dr. Taylor detracts from the high standard of the King James version. All churches must hold a high standard of holy living and speaking. And so Mr. Harry Davis (whose letter others, as finite, world resources face infinite population potential. Starvation came in 1973 to crowded parts of Asia and Africa. The United Nations has designated 1974 as "world population year," with an international conference in Bucharest in August. Many think there's a global race between food and population. HERE IS the score for the United States on 13 basic industrial raw materials required by a modern economy, as set down by Lester Brown. In 1950 the United States was dependent on imports for more than half of only four of these 13: aluminum, manganese, nickel, and tin. In 1970 the list had increased to six, as zinc and' chromium were added. In 1985 the list will probably be nine, with iron, lead, and tungsten added. In 2000 the United States will be import-dependent on each of the 13 (adding potassium, copper, and sulfur) with the exception of phosphate. - REPRESENTATIVES AT the Bureau of Mines say they have seen the shortages coming for a generation but haven't been able to rouse much the country, but their vast irrigation systems filled in as well in a triumph of ignorance and vindictiveness. This political tradition Spain has richly fulfilled through a series of wars culminating in The ' War of the 1930s. Each time the opposite but equal fanaticisms have taken their cue from the 19th Century Duke of Valencia, Ramon Maria Nart vaez. When asked on his deathbed if he had forgiven his enemies, he replied: "My enemies? I have none. I have had them all shot." DEVOUTLY AS he may have believed it, the Duke was wrong. Terror does not so much eliminate old enemies as breed a new generation of them. And that new generation may be more subtle, more determined, and implacable. A surface calm may belie decades of frustration waiting to explode, as it did Thursday before last in the middle of Madrid.; The new, acting premier " mourned his predecessor with -Spanish eloquence: "Our stir-, row cannot upset our seren tiortag design, and the mania for outlandish horsepower and speed, coupled with the obsession for increased profits has halted any steps contemplated by the industry to make correction. So, the only other body capable of requiring change has, finally, been forced to take action. Unfortunately for our fast shrinking world, this is but one symptom of an illness that will continue to plague us to the end. We see the same selfishness, and lack of concern for people, in government, both elected and civil service; unions; medicine; business; and industry, all of which have become so big as to be faceless. How can the individual be made to. see his own destruction when the forces that shape his destiny are so unmoved? -': EMIL C. HAUGEN Bible supported the new version), I disagree with you. I stand behind Rev. Bobby Flatt (who criticized the new version) and his standards. Let's make 1974 better than 1973. REV. CLARENCE SHAVER Full Gospel of Deliverance es Due interest in it. Maybe the gasoline shortage will help, they say. The United States should not panic, according to Lester Brown. It has vast resources of its own. One is its enormous fertility, and it is expected to export wheat, soybeans, and other foods in days ahead to a degree that will pay for its imports of industrial raw materials. BEFORE THE oil crisis Fred Bergsten wrote in the quarterly, Foreign Policy, 1973, that continued neglect of the third world might bring "highly emotional and even irrational-responses . . . "especially if that country is the United States." Key products are controlled by a few countries: copper, four countries, 80 -per cent; tin, two countries, 70 per cent; rubber, four, over half; bauxite, four, over half. There are others on the list. The Arabs have since shown them how to unite. "The United States must, in its own national self-interest, adopt much more cooperative and responsive policies toward the third world,", says Mr. Bergsten. ity." But the image of Spanish serenity was blown to kingdom come along with the late premier, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco. .The 71-year-old admiral was Francisco Franco's . junior partner (such is the geriatric tide of Spanish affairs) and the effective political administrator of the country. And he had been designated to play the same role under a restored monarchy when the Caudillo passes from the scene. THE ASSASSINS struck a greater blow at Franco's system than, if they 'had killed. Franco himself. Carrero Blanco had the political continuity of the country in his hands, and took it with him. His death leaves anything but serenity behind. Once again, total repression has led to total opposition. Serenity for Spain now seems as far away as it did in 1939. Farther, perhaps, because the road to it lies not through suppression but through conciliation. And that is a course Franco's Spain has yet to try. WASHINGTON The White House ordered E. Howard Hunt, its resident snoop, to conduct a secret investigation, in May 1972, of a prominent Cuban exile physician. The subject of the scrutiny was Dr. Enrique Huertas, whose reputation is impeccable. Yet confidential White House documents show that the undercover Hunt was turned loose on him. . THE PROBE was directed by one of President Nixon's staff assistants, William "Mo" Marumoto, who was paid by the taxpayers to find jobs and grants for worthy Spanish-Americans. Marumoto mentioned the investigation in a confidential May 12, 1972, memo to White House aides Charles Colson and Fred Malek. "Had Howard Hunt check out Enrique Huertas, President of the Cuban Medical Doctors in Exile," Marumoto reported cryptically. He added that Hunt had submitted a report to him. This was a busy time for Hunt, who was running around in a silly CIA wig carrying out heavy Watergate duties against newsmen, Democrats and unsympathetic Republicans. He is now serving time for his role in the Watergate break-in and conspiracy. Dr. Huertas was turned over to Hunt for investigation . at about the time the Cuban physician came to Washington to visit with Organization of American States foreign ministers. He also dropped by the White House to see Marumoto. the need for a grant to build a medical facility for Cubans in Miami. Marumoto, in turn, invited Huertas to attend several receptions being held in connection with the OAS meetings. Dr. Huertas impulsively refused to go, saying he didn't want to attend any OAS functions until he could go as a representative of a free Cuba. In retrospect, he told my associate Les Whitten ruefully: "Marumoto must have thought, "Who is this guy, anyway?" As Marumoto recalls the incident, he received a call from Charles Colson's office asking about an invitation to Dr. Huertas to attend an official dinner. The Colson aide suggested that Hunt check out the physician. Marumoto called Hunt to his office, gave him the doctor's name and later received a written report. Marumoto doesn't remember what Hunt reported, except that it was summed up in one or two pages. THE DISCOVERY of the Huertas episode raises the specter of dozens of other unreported probes which may have been carried out by the White House undercover "plumbers" squad at the whim of anonymous Nixon staff assistants. Clearly, the break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, the bugging of columnist Joe Kraft, the attempt to discredit the Kennedys, the going-over the plumbers gave my operation and other publicized "Mission: Impossible" escapades still haven't exhausted the secrets buried in the deepest files at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Footnote: Both Colson and Malek told us they cannot remember Huertas' name or Marumoto's memo. REBOZO FAVORED: The President's pal, Bebe Re-bozo, sold some land to the federal government in 1969 for the Biscayne National Monument. He received an over -the - appraisal settlement on one 12.4-acre parcel and a huge settlement on another 77-acre tract he owned jointly with three others. In contrast, neighboring property owners have complained to us they received single, take - it or - leave - it offers that were far below the appraisal values. Pentagon Privileges: We have been inundated with citizen complaints that the military brass use government cars and drivers to haul around their wives and children. Spot checks have confirmed some of the charges. For example. Gen. Creighton Abrams, the Army chief, sends his daughter to an exclusive girls' school in Alexandria, Va. Along with some schoolmates, she is chauffeured to and from school every day in a military station wagon. At the same time, the Pentagon is cutting back fuel for essential military operations. . "This is the worst year I've ever lived," lamented Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania in a recent interview. That's probably political hyperbole, but it does suggest how brutally the specter of Watergate has demoralized and consumed this nation's senses. "IT'S BEEN a hell of a year," mused U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica. Ironically, this one man's courage and honesty had as much to do with shaping this year as any man in the country. But Watergate and its accompanying evisceration of politicians' respectability cannot be singled out as the only culprit for the nation's sagging morale. Other social malignancies are equally responsible: an energy crisis most Americans believe has been conspirato-rially manipulated by the oil companies; a rickety stock market; a galloping shortage of many essentials we had taken for granted; a Middle East explosion that threatened to push us into a third World War. AS FOR WATERGATE, blacks will never forget it was brought to us by that law-and-order mob of Republicans' who ran a for-white-folks-only Presidential campaign. Blacks were constantly reminded by them and their journalistic apologists that the Nixon middle America was "unblack, unpoor and unyoung." They forgot to add "unhonest." The black community has been gestapoized so often and for so long by a racist law and order system and corrupt police forces that blacks view Watergate as nothing more than a well-publicized tea party. As a high-level black official in the Nixon Administration told me at the time of the Haldeman and Ehrlichman resignations, "In the South, we have an expression white folks business. Watergate is white folks business." TWO CENTURIES of mistreatment have immunized blacks with a vaccine of cynicism, teaching them that a country governed by the immoral ethic of racism is capable of stooping to the lowest depths to achieve its ends. But black Americans looked beyond the ignominious revelations of 1973 and saw bright rays of sunshine over America's troubled waters. It was an exciting year of progress for black Americans, who witnessed several steps forward toward their enjoyment of the American dream: The election of black mayors in the major cities of Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta and Grand Rapids, Michigan. THE INCREASE of minority-controlled banks to 50, with 23 more in the works. Hank Aaron's giant step toward baseball immortality as he closed in on one of the most impregnable records in sports, Babe Ruth's 714 home runs. None of the above are substitutes for full equality. And black Americans are a long, long way from that jingoistic irresponsibility, "my country, right or wrong." RATHER, BLACK Americans best show their love for this eountry by following the advice of Alcibades in his famed speech at Sparta during the Peloponnesian war: "And love of country is what I do not feel when I am wronged, but what I felt when secure in my rights as a citizen . . . the true lover of his country is not he who would consent to lose'it unjustly rather than attack it, but he who longs for it so much that he will go to all lengths to recover it." In 1974, black Americans will continue to work to recover an America where they can feel secure in their rights as citizens. - 1 CHUCK STONE Blacks Still Making Gains K K

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