The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 30, 1966 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 30, 1966
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Post Election Finger Lickin Getting involved in an election is not Unlike sticking one's hand in a chess pie. It takes some doing to be completely free of the darned thing, but the finger lickin' clean-up is some fiin at that. A study of Mississippi County's precincts reveals that the usually heavy out-county vote did not materialize and Kenneth Sulcer led every box in his home town. Just as one example (and there are many), Wilson, according to unofficial figures, had registered to vote 278 persons. The unofficial voting tally showed only 156 voting. This is both normal and abnormal. It is normal in a Blytheville precinct for about 50 to 60 percent of its registered voters to show up on election day. However, smaller communities traditionally have a much higher percentage turnout. This held true throughout many of the out-county boxes where voting often was around 60 percent. Some were well below this figure. Generally fewer votes were cast in the rural boxes than in the 1964 general election. If this condition turns out to be chronic, it means that the balance of political power in the county will continue to swing toward the urban areas —for better or worse. Mr. Sulcer's showing in Osceola also must be indicative of something because he had taken on Mayor Ben Butler, the most important name in the history of Osceola politics (when weighed in the balance of Mayor Butler's tenure at Osceola, Orval Faubus takes on the form of a temporary appointee). Mayor Butler has not held the first chair in his city withbut tfood and sufficient reason. If anyone could compute civic progress on a per capita basis, Mayor Butler probably would win an international prize of som« sort. And this is the sort of thing Mr. Sulcer chose to challenge. Frank Holt, of course, was Mr. Butler's candidate. The Sulcer-Holt totals in Osceola read like this: 113-89 205-80 172-121 21-8 Mr. Sulcer has said he will run for mayor of Osceola. A man cavalier enough to challenge Ben Butler and get away with it just might, at that. U ewi Of OtU Take No Chances We go through this every year about this time, but we feel it terribly important to remind mothers and fathers to have their children immunized against every possible physical ailment for which there is a serum. All too often parents get lazy, put things off and, we hate to add, don't take an interest In the welfare of their young ones. Such inattention to their children's health can reap them more problems than they can imagine. In this day and age we have so many of the diseases that can be combated with shots that it is utter folly to delay. What cost there is is small compared to costs that could result from sickness and its aftereffects. No smart parent should resitate for even a day. Your doctor will inform you of the necessary immunization program; be sure that you carry through.— Winter Haven (Fla.) Daily News-Chief. .,...*.**..•••••••• » « Show Beat by Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD (NBA) Looking through gome old notes I came aoross those 1 made after an interview with Ed Wynn about a year ago. And these words leaped out at me: "I still have one ambition, Ed had said. "I want to die in good health." One of the shows on next fall's schedule which I am looking forward to is NBC's Star Trek. I like good science fiction and this appears to qualify. Gene Roddenberry, the creator and producer, is a science- fiction fan, too, so he wil Itreat the subject with loving care. "There really haven't been very many good attempts at sci- fi on the screen," Roddenberry says. "Most of them are monster shows and I didn't want to do that." Star Trek is set aboard an interplanetary cruiser which houses some 400 people, so there will never be a shortage of guest stars. The stories will involve the passengers, the creatures they meet on other planets, the other space ships they encounter. Doing a show of this sort presents many production problems which you don't have on, say, a western. "We can't use stock footage," Roddenberry says, "nor can we go to Western Costume and say. gU LU TTCakCi.Il ^flfSLUUlG C11IU JO-J • Fisher—North Little Rock Times 'Send me a rack of Martian clothes.' Everything we use has to be imagined, designed, built" Making futuristic sets and props could be an expense and very time-consuming. Roddenberry, however, bought the prototype of a machine which sprays plastic. Now they can quickly coat a carton, for example, and if you put a couple of plastic coated cartons together you've got something that looks strange enough to be hi- juristic. If you like science • fiction, watch for Star Trek. It should be right up your galaxy. VBE BLXTHEVILLg COURIER NEWS THE COURIEh NBWS CO. H. W. HAINES, PUBLISHER HARRV A. 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Strictly a Matter of Opinion Warren Eagle Democrat People who are "in the know" say the candidates for Governor " are earnestly cutting their own throats when they get on television and blab, color/essy, for SO minutes while the electorate sits there and fumes because of missing "Peyton Place." Smart candidates this year are making little one - minute commercials like those of "The Honorable Dale Alford" (as they call him on Tee Vee). The Honorable Dale's are in color, are professionally done, and benefit from the candidate's well-known forensic ability. It's hard to get the public to sit still for a 30-minute speech, anywhere, and particularly in front of the family idiot box when "P Troop" may be showing on another channel. People like to see the candidates, but in short doses. Some of the State's best advertising men are thus talking fcbout The Honoroable Djle and the other gentlemen in the race in much the same vein as ad men on Madison Avenue talk about New Blue Cheer or Poli- dent or Taryeton cigarettes ('" .. .rather fight than switch"). .. Arkansas ad men have the responsibility of selling candidates to the public as Fearless Leaders who are honest, able, benevolent, wise, family-loving, Lyndon • disliking True Citizens of This State. And it isn't easy in some cases. Television appeals to the Mass Mind, they say. Newspaper advertising, for the political candidate at least, appeals more to the Thinking Man, say the ad experts. Perhaps it's a sad commentary on Arkansas politics tha there has been very little news paper advertising in this race, so far. Maybe we're getting in worse shape than ever when candidates have to be "sold" to the public like the latest detergent or dog food. We're afraid people like Jeff Davis or Joe T. Robinson or Charles Hillman Brough or Car' Bailey would turn over in their graves if they got a look at the way things are now. Jonesboro Evening Sun Airline boardings at the Jonesboro airport have soared to new records for two months. There were 280 TTA boardings in. both May and June. The highest previous month for boardings was July of 1965 when 265 passengers started trips from here. Jonesboro was one of 25 cities on the TTA route breaking records. Traffic for June for Paragould Daily Press The only solution to many Arkansas' problems is revisio In our 92-year-old constitution. Today, Arkansas is laborin under this blueprint for govern ment which has been amende innumerable times, patched u] with scattered provisions, am •watered down with ineffectivi fragments. The only way that the ceo necessary change can be prop erly brought about is by a cons titutional convention of non-political delegates elected by the people. A chance in the constitution would eliminate a large part oi the waste which today infects all levels of government within the state. A revised constitution would: —Give us a sensible, fair formula of taxation, and put a stop to soaring taxes. —Eliminate many of the political plums which make pressure politics possible. —Give us a secret ballot on election day, and would eliminate possibility of pressures exerted on those who have been threatened that their ballot would be examined. —Provide citizens with an impartial system of selecting jury members — eliminating the possibility of fixed juries. — Give us an up-to-date guide for government at all levels in the state. That's why a constitutional convention, in my opinion, should be one of the main us- sues of the current gubernatorial campaign. All of the "promises" being made today will fall far short of the mark because we will attempt to meet to day's problems with a constitu- :ion designed for yesterday. If we are to meet the chal- enges of these last few years ol h 60s, and the 70s and the and the 90s, we've got to operate under rules specifically de- iigned for the jet age. Ninety-two years, it seems to me, is pretty good mileage out f one constitution. But, it's ime to trade it in on a new model — one that will break he shackles of 19th century :overnmental procedures and iut us on ball-bearings for the hallenging years that lie ahead We can't correct what is Tong in Arkansas, fellow dti- ;ns and candidates, unless we :art from the bottom and work Pi! the airline was up 51 per cent over last June. Jonesboro was threatened with loss of the service in the year ending March 21, 1964, having failed to meet the standards of generating at least five passengers per day. This threat soon disappeared as boardings picked up through an active promotional campaign by local cil izens. Jonesboro has come s a f e 1; through the "use it-or-lose-it 1 period by never stowing a de crease and showing stead gains. With the momentum that con tinues to grow it appears tha any danger of losing the valu able airline service has passec However there should be no relaxation in the drive to increasi use of the service. Jonesbor could never afford to again be off an air route. Arkansas Gazette Jim Johnson's emergence t lead the ticket in the seven-man Democratic governor's race up set the best-laid calculations o analysts and pollsters, and i caught most of Arkansas by sur prise. But although his showini was as unexpected as it wa: remarkable, the reasons why hi ran so well are not difficult tc determine in retrospect, nor i it difficult to frame the nature of the choice ahead in the run off primary. Mr. Johnson, with some re turns still to go, was getting somewhere between 25 and 3i per cent of the vote in the Dem ocratic primary. He accomplish ed this feat by running agains' variety of objectives and ad versaries including such famil- ar targets as equal rights, the 'ederal government, Lyndon Johnson, and the Supreme !ourl decisions for church-state separation; in Arkansas his •ange of attack extended all the vay from school consolidation to the Arkansas Gazette to Orval E. Faubus. He got a long leg up in his campaign by running as an unreformed segregationist, and it seems clear that residual segregationist sentiment in Arkansas is stronger than had been previously recognized. But Johnson's campaign covered a wider range of appeal than that which is offered in the racial issue. At the outset of the campaign he Johnson strategy was evident enough: He was out to put together a coalition of resentment, of people who are angry about one thing or another, or embittered for one reason or another, real or fancied, against the state and the society in which they live. His appeal was and is wholly negativ* and re- structive outlook who, we are confident, would serve creditably as governor. His liability has lain in his support by substantial elements in the power structure behind Governor Faubus, but this consideration, substantive as it is, becomes secondary when Holt is aligned in a runoff against a candidate whose principal offerings are conflict and discord — pitting Arkansan against Arkansan, anc the state against the national government after the Alabama example — along with a regression that would set the state back 20 years. gressive, and for this reason many of us underestimated him. In any case where he surprised so many was not in setting out to form his alliance but in the fact that he managed to do it. The campaign now moves into its second and climactic phase, the run-off between Mr. Johnson and Frank Holt, who polled a slightly smaller percentage than Johnson. There is one thing to be said for a runoff of this nature — tile choice does not require any agonizing over alternatives, as it might have in a different combination of run-off candidates. It is difficult to believe that many supporters of Brooks Hays, the gallant campaigner who ran a strong third, or of Sam Boyce or Raymond Rebsamen or Kenneth Sulcer would have any question about their decisions in the second primary. Nor may a great many supporters of Dale Alford be easily consigned to the Johnson camp, for this time Dr. Alford generally avoided Hie kind of issues on which he went to Congress in the vintage year of 1958. Frank Holt was not everyone's favorite the first time around, but he is a man with a sound record in public life, as prosecuting attorney, attorney general, Supreme Court justice. He is a man of dignity and con-1 action. (If not Nuremburg, of Pine Bluff Commercial It's no surprise that the North Vietnamese should consider carrying out an atrocity against American airmen. (We remember the Viet Cong's murder a year ago last month of Sergeant Harold George Bennett of Perryville, and the difference between North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong irregulars grows less and less as the war intensifies.) What is surprising is that Ho Chi Minh' regime should be at such pains to add legal trappings to more murders. The government at Hanoi is relying on the Nuremburg Trials as a precedent for such © 1964 ky MA, Inc. "Sun, man, I'd LIKE fa break with tradition, but I can't course, Hanoi would find some other precedent. Communist regimes have a reputation for no! being fussy about the legal niceties in such matters). But that Hanoi should pick Nuremburg as a precedent brought to mind a warning from the late Robert A. Taft, the plain-spoken sena. tor from Ohio who was not inclined to consider political repercussions when principle moved him to speak. When Senator Taft was invited to address one of those academic forums on Our Anglo- American Heritage, this one being at Kenyon College in October of 1946, he was not expected to discuss the war crimes trials shortly concluded at Nu- remburg. The convicted Nazis were to be hanged in ten days; emotions were at a high pitch; the senator had presidential ambitions; he could easily have kept his reservations to himself. Instead, in his own blunt fasn- ion, Senator Taft entitled his address "Equal Justice Under Law," and spoke to the point about the Nuremburg trials: I question whether the hanging of those who, however des- oicable, were the leaders of the 3erman people, will ever discourage the making of aggressive war, for no one makes aggressive war unless he expects ;o win. About this whole judg- nent there is the spirit of vengeance, and vengance is seldom justice. The hanging of the ;leven men will be a blot on :he American record which we shall long regret. In these trials we have cepted the Russian idea of the purpose of trials — government policy and not justice — with little relation to Anglo-Saxon heritage. By clothing policy in the forms of legal procedure, we may discredit the whole idea of justice .. for years to come. Later, Justice William 0. Douglas of the Supreme Court voiced a similar viewpoint which many Americans would agree with by now: "No matter how many books are written or briefs filed, no matter how fine ly the lawyers analyzed it, the crime for which the Nazis were tried had never been formalized as a crime with the definiteness required by our legal standards, nor outlawed with the death penalty by the internation al community. By our stand ards that crime arose under an expost facto law. Goering et al. deserved severe punishment. But their guilt did not justify us in substituting power for principle." That was what Mr. Taft said, oo, only he said it then, on Oc- ober 6, 1946. And of course Mr. Taft was pilloried for it. The leader of the opposition in the Senate, Scott Lucas of Illinois, described Robert A. Taft's clear and unshrinking approach to the issue as "a classical example of his muddled and confused think- It was all very simple to Robert A. Taft: The Constitution of the United States didn't hold with ex post facto laws. So he didn't either. His old friend, columnist David Lawrence, dismissed t h e senator's stand as a ,'technical quibble." That was one of the milder attacks upon his judgment. Alben Barkley. who tended to use everything within reach when he campaigned, told a political rally that Senator Taft "never experienced a crescendo] Of heart about the soup kitchens of 1932, but his heart bled anguishedly for the criminals at Nuremburg." Some of th'e. comments from his own side of the aisle, particularly from Republicans up for re-election, weren't any more temperate or relevant. But now, twenty years later, a communist regime in Asia is preparing to turn a courtroom into an execution chamber and is using the Nuremburg precedent to do it. "The trial of the vanquished by the victor," Senator Taft said in 1946, "cannot be impartial no matter how it is hedged about with the forms of justice." As he warned: "By clothing policy in the forms of legal procedure, we may discredit the whole idea of justice..." Caruthersville Journal Caruthersville, Mo. An article in the magazine ''Communities In Action" created somewhat of a furor in some circles in Hayti recently and after reading the article we can find that there were some saggeration and not half-truths but half of ttie truth. The article was written by what one local writer called i "long haired Washington writer" and did use lot of flowery adjectives to dramatize the points. It was not the type of article Chamber of Commerce would make copies of to distribute but j the hardest part to swallow is tliat there is a great deal of truth in it. Let's face facts, Caruthersville, Hayti and Steele do have some very unattractive poverty pockets. Some of each of these eomm>',nities do look like they come out of "Tobacco Road" and have been forgotten for some 20 years. lem eliminated and the slums wiped out. Doubtless to say, there are areas in the eastern part of Caurthersville that some residents have not seen for years and when they do happen to stray upon them they are shocked at what they. see. It would be safe to say that some do remind you of scenes you would expect to see from a movie about a sleepy southern town which will not move ahead with progress. But our towns are not that way completely. We are making progress in some areas but leave others to sit back in the '30s and '40's. There is no reason why one third of our population and our city should trail behind the rest of the community. Work has started to eliminate j poverty but don't look for over- This is not true of our area j n 'ght miracles on one iiand and along but let's not sit back and I sit ba ck with the old excuse tbat say look around, every town has ' l takes time in order to just its slums. This does not justify move at a snail's pace. Let's show everybody, including Uncle Sam, that we mean business and get the job done in a way that we can be proud and not the lack of action that has been responsible for these "blights" on our communities. They are always more obvious to the stranger and we should do our utmost to erase them rather than become indignant because someone else points them out to us. Unfortunately the article made it sound like only Marilyn Miyakawa had done anything to battle the poverty. She will be among the first to tell the world that the people of Hayti and its Community Action Agency have made great strides and that her work in Hayti would have been mppssible without the aid of many citizens who are also wanting to see the poverty prob- insulted. LE3 75 Years Ago -In Blyiheville Mrs. L. G. Nash bas returned from an extended visit with relatives in Kentucky and Virginia. . Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Smot'her- mon and son, Butch, spent thl weekend at Lake Norfork. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier Newi Saturday, July 30, 1966 Page Four IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIH

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