The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on November 17, 1957 · Page 4
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THE DAILY INTER LAKE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1957 Corrective Restraint Americans are generally more responsive to some dramatic incident in history than they are to the plodding type of accomplishment that has no quick, appeal. Thus, some are disappointed that that President Eisenhower in his talk last week did not come out with some slashing, bold new announcement of scientific triumph or plan of action that offers a quick panacea, for what many of our people think to be an ailing program. - Our limited orbit certainly does not qualify us in any degree to comment on the merits of the program outlined by the President and his advisers. But the manner in which the solution is being approached is admirable. Critics of the President call him a "military man" and, as such, a man limited in vision. We think, too the President is not visionary -- his approach to problems of immense magnitude, it seems to use, is restrained, practical and aimed at objectives of most benefit to most people. We do not agree with some of his "New Republicanism" ideas (which are just barely short of "New Deahsm") but we do agree that his broad program is good and healthy for the nation and the world. There are times when it takes more courage for restraint than it does to come out with bold, new plans to revamp or revitalize an ailing situation. President Eisenhower has illustrated this admirable quality on several oc- casions during his years in office. He has not been panicked in times, of crisis. His methodical, orderly approach to solution of problems is only part of the qualities that led to his high place in history. This is no time for Americans to suspect, or dread the worst. When it comes right down to it, Russia's dramatic launching of the Sputniks has no more significance than they had while they were being built. The fact that they beat us to the spaceways gives them a terrific propaganda weapon, that can have lasting and profound effect on our relationship with other countries, particularly those in the Mid-East and Russian satellite countries. That is bad enough. But this is not the time for terror or panic at the thought of Sputniks or Russian ICBM's dropping atom warheads with reckless abandon on our cities or those of other nations. While we may be uneasy about the situation, that might be a good thing. There are times when Americans need to be uneasy and uncomfortable. It shakes us from our lethargy and stupidity. We are willing to forget the chrome and glitter, get to work and accept the worry and responsibility that goes with being the greatest nation in the wor'd. Action, and acceptance of 'those responsibilities are the only sure factors that will guarantee maintenance of that position, and the freedoms that go with it. Water Rights Threatened A brief item in a news release last week aroused our curiosity. It concerned the convention of the National Reclamation Association in Phoenix. There were a number of high-powered speakers present, one of them being Sen., Frank A. Barrette, who said, among other things: "The U.S. Supreme Court had wiped out a century-old rule that western water rights are dependent on and determined by state law." He was referring to the Pelton Dam case in Oregon, where the supreme court, and determined that (in principle) the federal government shall" have direction of use of State waters. At the same convention, Sen Barry Goldwater, of Arizona, sounded a similar alarm, he said: ". . . You will hear m.uch during this convention of the position that this administration has taken, which, in essence, says the federal government has supreme and prior title to all the waters of the West -- a position, which I am sorry to say, is an adamant one from which they show no signs of retiring." It is no secret that downstream states -- in the so-culled Interniouiv- tain and Pacific area -- Oregon, Washington and Idaho, would like to get their hands on Montana water. California and Nevada have tremendous water problems. They would resort to almost any means to get Montana water channeled to thair populous areas and industrial complexes. The usurpation by the federal government of long-standing powers of the states in regard to water, is of tremendous significance to Montana. We cannot afford to have control of our water taken from us. We must hope that Congress will see fit to pass legislation to overcome the effect of the supreme court ruling. And, while we're at it: our government is supposed to embrace a system of checks and oalances. The supreme court is becoming more and more a "legislative" body than the judicial, body it is supposed to be. It is time for some checking. Letters to the Editor Loaded Gun Law The ''Outdoor Montana" column in the Nov. 3 Inter Lake discusses firearm accidents and hunting safety. As Mr. Willard points out, a large share of firearm accidents occur when a loaded gun is carried in an automobile. The State of Washington prohibits the carrying of a loaded gun in an automobile. The author of the column states that an attempt to pass a similar law in Montana a few years ago fell short, since many "sportsmen" objected on the grounds that the proposed law violated their rights to bear arms. Bosh! The "sportsmen" objected on the grounds that they would no longer be able to shoot their game from the car and might have to walk an hour or two through the forests to find an animal to shoot at Montana's law prohibits shooting from an automobile, but I'll wager 90 percent of the white tails killed in the Flathead are shot from a car window. With hundreds of miles of almost abandoned roads here in Montana, it is next to Impossible for officials to cause much deterrent to the "road hunter.'-' A few well-placed road blocks, however, would enforce the "loaded gun" lav/ A mild penalty, such as revocation of the offender's hunting license for the season would Be sufficient. What ty wrong with "road hunting," except for the fact that it Is Illegal, and unsafe? First, shooting deer from a car is unsports- manlike. The animals are used to seeing cars of fishermen; farmers, loggers and others in the woods throughout the .summer, and they do not .associate them with danger. Second, the preponderance of de ( « seen from the road are young animals and does,'which seek r- the lower; country earlier in the season than bucks. This could result in j%n unbalanced kill and cause a depletion 1 in our deer population. Third, if a hunter wants sport, let , him falk a mile or two and pit hit atalk- - ing and" hunting skill a gainst-the white tall. Let him see at tint hand, on foot, somt of our'beautiful hunting country. If he seeks "meat" for his locker, the local butcher shop has much to recommend it. ' Some will say, ."I canft hike in the wood* , and hunt ' I have a bad heart, a bad leg and t so on. Do t have to itop hunting?" For A- those, I suggest" the law provide that such 7 persons be allowed to hunt and shoot from -their car, if'they have in their poueHion I a i docto^'* ,c*rtlficaU atating that they are unable 'to walk 20 feet to the side of the road, and also that their Infirmity will not cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others in handling a gun. I feel that any sportsman, or sportsmen's group that does not support this "loaded gun" law, in fact that does not insist upon it, is not worthy of the name. A Reader. Idaho Street With your permission, I, as a property owner and taxpayer in the so-called special improvement district in the northeast portion of the City of Kalispell, would like to speak. This special improvement district would be created by the City Council for the sole purpose of raising enough tax money to pay all of the cost that would be assumed by the entire City of Kalispell. After reading your editorial and giving it quite some thought, there is only one deduction and. that is simply that you have' either been misinformed or you have not bothered to completely uncover all of the facts that have to do with the Highway 2 special improvement district within the city limits of Kalispell. I inght say that Highway 2 has long since ceased to be a city street And as far as making Highway 2 a four-lane highway through the city, It would not in any way have a tendency to increase the value of the property in the majority of this district. So, who would you say would reap the most benefits from having this four-lane highway through the city. We don't now nor have we at any time proposed to slow up or stand in the way of progress. All we are asking for is a fair distribution of taxes to pay for the city's part of the suggested improvement. My good neighbor, as far as being gripers or so-called penny pinchers, we have\nothing but the highest esteem for our City Council. And If the time conies that tljey deem it necessary to put in a storm and sanitary sewer, or I might say; water mains, sidewalks, or what may have to be done in the line of replacements in any given district, the property owners directly effected will, "as always, be the ones to stand or pay the cost of such improvements. , I hope I have^made it clear that making Highway 2 into a four-lane highway through the city has ceased to be local in nature and should be city-wide as far as raising the money to pay the city's part is'concrened. Chris L. Putnam. Nothing Must Stop Progress o Nasser Tries to Lessen Egypt's Link With Reds BY CHARLES M. McCANN United Press Staff Correspondent President Gamal Abdel Nasser 'Of Egypt appears to be making a serious attempt to lessen his country's economic dependence on Soviet Russia, TO DO THIS, Nasser seeks to restore normal trade and financial relations with the United States, Great Britain and France. He has just asked Eugene Black, president of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to act as mediator in negotiations under which Egypt would pay compensation for the seizure of the Suez Canal. Egyptian delegations also are negotiating with Great Britain, in Rome, and France, in Geneva, to restore normal economic and financial relations with those countries. It has been reported off and on for several months that Nasser is somewhat anxious over Egypt's increasing dependence on Russia. Egypt's trade with Russia and other countries of the Communist Bloc now totals about 50 per cent of its total foreign trade. Three years ago the total was but 14 per cent. It is too early to tell whether the various negotiations will succeed. Everything depends on whether Nasser really wants to reach a fair settlement with the western countries. He has shown no such desire in the past. The situation is somewhat puzzling because of Nasser's activities as an Arab leader. EGYPTIAN RADIOS and newspapers have started a vicious campaign against King Hussein of Jordan, who last April threw out his country's leftist government and broke up a 5, plot to overthrow him. In this campaign, Egyptian organs subject to government control not only have urged Jordanians to overthrow Hussein, but broadcasts and editorials have almost directly Invited Jordanians to assassinate Hussein, as his grandfather King Abdullah was assassinated in 1951. The Egyptian government denies responsibility for the attacks. But there is no doubt that unless the government approved them they would not be made. Eugene Black flew to Cairo last week from his. headquarters in Washington at Nasser's invitation. " '· · ': : · Before he left for home. Black said that Egypt had asked hirn to act as mediator in Suez Canal negotiations and that he had accepted. When Nasser seized the eanal in July, 1950, :1 he said he was willing to pay stockholders compensation on the basis of Suez Canal stock quotations on the Paris Exchange at that time. The canal company refused the offer. It said that the quotations had been forced down previously by uncertainty over Egypt's policies. The separata negotiations Egypt Is conducting with Britain and France concern compensation for British and French interests which Nasser seized at the time of the Suez « Canal seizure, and the release of Egyptian funds which Britain and France seized in retaliation. These negotiations have been going on sporadically since last May. They have been recessed several times so that delegates could consult their home governments. OVERALL, THE BIG question is whether Nasser' is worried enough over Egypt's dependence on Russia to be reasonable. Remember When? FIVE YEARS AGO Nov. 15, 1952 Extension of the either-sex deer season, in this area for five additional days to Nov. 20 has touched off a storm .·among local hunters. WASHINGTON -- Veterans of the armed forces who have served since the outbreak of the Korean War are eligible for a second guaranteed loan'to buy homes and farms,..the Veterans Administration said Saturday. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Nov. 15, WASHINGTON .-- Dauntless Eddie Rickenbacker has been rescued, in good ' condition, the Navy announced today, three weeks after his airplane radioed that it was about out of gasoline and then vanished in the Pacific. On account of the Community Concert, the Surgical Dressings , class, scheduled to meet Wednesday evening, has been postponed until Friday eve: ning, Nov. 20. TWENTY-FIVE, YEARS AGO Nov. li, 1932 BELFAST, Northern Irelandr-More than 12,000 men will guard the Prince of Wales when he arrives here tomor- 1 row to dedicate the new parliament buildings at Stormont. ! · James See, who was lost in the Tally · Lake countryi was discovered by; searchers at the ranch of J. A. Mi§ick,les last night. FIVE YEARS AGO Nov. 17, 1952 WASHINGTON^-Congressional leaders expect President-elect Eisenhower t and President Trutnan to agree at their conference here Tuesday on a statement telling the world America is united in its quest for peace. .Northwest Montana Hereford Breeders re-elected Harold Passmore of Creston as president for another year. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Nov. 17,1942 WASHINGTON--The United States- Navy ^dominated the battle-quickened waters of the Solomon Islands today after crushing a mighty Japanese armada in an epic struggle which might well have broken the back of the enemy fleet. Judge Dean King of the Eleventh Judicial District left today for Billings, where he will preside in district court in place of the resident judge, whb has been disqualified in several cases. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO "Nov.'17,1932 : Railrbad men brought reports to Kal-' ispell today of six feet of snow at the summit of the mountains. ATLANTA--James K. Warren, chiff assistant United States district attorney here, yesterday took under advisement the motion of government counsel to dismiss Al Capoue's writ of habeas cor- . pus to obtain his release from the Atlanta federal penitentiary. NOTHING SPECIAL By W. B. S. A brief report I ran across la a national magazine shows some interesting figures relative to Army manpower. They prove that the Army should be more selective in their manpower needs. A better process of weeding out^ unacceptable people .should be developed. A Pentagon 5-year survey of inductee general aptitude tests shows two-thirds make a grade of zero to 65. Top possible grade is 100, and the study shows that: 8.2 per cent make 93 to 100. 24.8 per cent make 65 to 92. 33.1 per cent make 31 to 64. 29.6 per cent make 10 to 30. Rest make 9 or below, and aren't accepted for military service. Bather disconcerting: is another factor of the report which shows that so far this year the number of inductees in the low~it acceptable mental group has Jumped to 34.2 per cent. Most recent" month's total shows 39.5 per cent in that category. Are we setting: dumber and dumber? The survey as long as I got into this thing) also shows that of all Army personnel serving in detention barrackc of federal prisons, 53.9 per cent are classified in lowest acceptable mental group. Millions of dollars are wasted on training of low- aptitude personnel. Of 8,600 administrative s e p a r ations from service d u r i n g six months, 5,200 were in the lowest aptitude group. The Army estimates that each of these persons cost taxpayers about. $1,600 during enlistment. Total cost here would be more than $8.3 million, yet none has given any useful service to the Army. Ail of MieFe Senate hearings and investigations remind me of one tough fact: there is always room ai the (op -- after the In- vestige lion. The "most unforgiveable boor in the world is the guy who wastes another's precious time with idle gossip or aimless conversation. Another nest is the guy who calls meetings "just-because we haven't had one for quite a while, and I thought we should get togther." Most of us like to spend time in intelligent conversation and worthwhile community endeavor. Unfortunately, so much effort along these lines is absolutely wasted. After more than a few incidents like this, one almost determines to never attend another "meeting" or expose oneself to idle chatter. Reader stopped in the other day to express hfs agreement with our editorial "Let's Stay Home" -- and added his own bit of philosophy that "people can't control themselves. Why are we worrying about coutiolling the mon?" One thing 1 Sputnik should have done, but apparently hasn't: most people have no more interest in scientific matter now than they did prior to Sputnik's dramatic entrance on the scene of things. Most of us laymen are more than a little awed by the ·whole mess. But if we are content to sit back and leave the problem in the laps of the scientists alone, will we be any better off If they do come up with a solution? It's not the easiest thing to do, but we've all got to take on our rightful share of the burden -- barbers, bankers, doctors, lawyers, newspapermen, {armors, loggers -- all of us. Science is wonderful, but it is not the only important (or, for that matter the most important)"factor in the universe. We need not be dismayed or discouraged at what many people think to be th-3 near-failure of our own scientific processes. The future looks bright -- but only if we work at it. * EDSON IN WASHINGTON * Neither Party Gains Much by Negro Switch WASHINGTON (NEA) -- Rival claims by Republicans and Democrats on the political effects of President Eisenhower's sending Federal troops to Little Rock just about cancel each other out. The result is a new political appraisal that there will be little or no short-range gain for either party in the 1958 congressional elections, on the civil rights issue. For presidential elections hi I960, '1984 and beyond, the answer could be something else that can't b6 predicted now. A few Republican leaders are ready to admit that their chances of holding their gains in the South are gone for next year. In this session of Congress, the Republi- t ' cans have 15 congressmen from 10 southern .and border states. They may hold their two seats in traditionally Republican east Tennessee. They think they might hang on to one or both of the two seats they hold in Kentucky, one or two of the three they hold in Maryland, and the one they hold in Delaware. These are bbrder states which over the years have . shown gradual but steady increase in GOP strength. Otherwise, any strength which the Republicans can show in the South will depend* entirely on the strength of individual candidates. Some of them may have to run as independents and convince voters they do not endorse the G OP civil rights program, To, make up for the loss of from seven to 10 House seats in the South, the Republicans will have to win that many more in the North. It is doubtful if they can do that on the civil rights issue. The GOP will have to win 20 more seats in Congress than they now hold, to control the House. On the Senate races, a new eur- vey has just been made by National Committee for an Effective Congress. This is an independent political action committee support- Ing liberals. It indicates the Negro vote could be the deciding factor in only a few northern states where there are close races. \ -· In 1952, nine Senators who arc · running for re-election in 1958 won their seats by 51 or 52 per cent majorities. Six were Republicans -- Goldwater of Arizona, Williams of Delaware, Jenner of Indiana, Potter of Michigan, Malone of Nevada, Barrett of Wyoming. Three were Democrats -- Kennedy of Massachusetts, Mansfield of Montana and Cravez of New Mexico. Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico have small Negro votes. So any shift of these votes from Democratic to Republican would have no effect on the outcome. In Indiana, Delaware and Michigan, any shift of the Negro vote from Democratic to Republican would help the incumbent Repub-' lican senators. In Massachusetts, any shift of Negro voters from Democratic to Republican would make Senator Kennedy's reelection more difficult But there aren't enough Negro .voters in Massachusetts to swing the election. Nationally, it is generally conceded that about 65 to 70 per cent of the Negro wote was Democratic during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. The Republicans claim their 30 to 35 per cent of ·the Negro vote came from the better educated Negroes who understood, the civil rights issue. Republicans also claim that the. . Eisenhower ticket picked up another 10 per cent of the Negro vote in 1952 and 1956. This is attributed to the .improved economic status of the Negroes more than it is to any political appeal of the GOP. as a result of passage of the ; new civil rights legislation and as a further result of what happened in Little Rock, conservative Republican strategists think they might pick up another 10 per cent ' of the Negro vote in 1958. This Is admittedly not enough to do the GOP much .good nationally. : For 1964 and beyond, Republican spokesmen think that their hu- ' mane stand on equal rights will begin to pay off for them polH- Ically. Or if the Democratic pv.-.y si-lits up on the civil rights Is-nsu, the Republicans think they might benefit as early as 19CJO ti#*

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