The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 1, 1966 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 1, 1966
Page 11
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Harry Pearson, political writer of the Pine Bluff Commercial, wrote me last week that he was in a state of shell • shock after Democratic primary results that showed a fellow - whose - name- we -hesitate - to • mention • these - days - because - every knock - seems ^ to -be a boost in the lead for governor. All of us valiant right-thinking newsmen, had our shell-shocked moments. ... , Bill Simmons, Associated Press writer in Little Rock', composed a column Thursday to indicate how he recovered from his particular case, of shell • shock, but, if he could have seen what our AP machine did to his dispatch, he might ave suffered a relapse. I quote from Simmons' column: "Elections are allowed things but isn't it nice that they end. To newsmen who worked 25, 39, and 35 straight hours ai a furious pace the end was a glorious sight indeed: "But elections are not without a light side: In the maelstrom Tuesday-night, a newsman plucked the receiver, from one of the ringing telephones. "Deciding on an acting career, she went : to-New. York and got a job as ingenue in 'Ramshackle Inn" led to an MGM contract .." I am assuming that our machine quit ; transmitting in the middle of Simmons' column and picked up again the next morning with the last part of an article about Ronald Reagan's wife. But maybe it's straight just as it reads. In that case, this unidentified and enterprising lady newsman has a hell of a career ahead of her, and I have to chide Bill Simmons for calling her unparalleled swift entry into show biz a light moment. I remember certain moments from this flrst primary campaign with special glee. There was this newspaper editor who works across a'parti- tion from me, for example, who saw an incumbent attorney general come waddling Into his office one afternoon with a. just • pals grin on his face. ' This editor continued the' circuit he was walking, keeping a good ten paces ahead of the attorney general -and moving imperceptibly right out the door, leaving the rest of us to hear the candidate's cornpone stuff for the next 15 minutes. The editor said later he spent the afternoon lifting weights and perfbrmng other such monkey business. .Then there was the county politico who was scanning returns in the county clerk's office Tuesday night. I Knew which candidates he particularly favored, and, when I came across one box with totals like 58 -1; 59 - 0; 57 - 2 in favor of his people, I cracked, "I wonder why it's not 59-0 all the way across." "Well, .hell," the politico replied, "they were supposed to be 100 - 0 all the way across." Nothing, though, can equal in satisfaction an experience I had last year when I was working for a country weekly in Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee. I showed up In a new haircut and a 'three - piece^auit'to cover a women's club'dinner In honor: of Shelby County's young:.and, aggressive Sheriff Bill 'Morris. 1 ' I was met at the door .by the club's president, a lady who immediately started gushing and telling me how much she ad-, mired what I was doing. "Oh, you're doing such a wonderful job. We're just thrilled to have you here," she kept saying. Taking it all in stride, I just smiled graciously while the effusive compliments kept comng. I guessed I was pretty good, at that. Finally, though,, another lady said audibly, "Oh; here comes Sheriff Morris!" and the lady who had been praising me so volubly gasped -with sudden embarrassment. "Oh, I thought you were Sheriff Morris!" she told me, wide • eyed with horror. Being a gentleman, I replied, "An understandable mistake, madam; there are, after all, only so few good - looking young men around." SOME LONG JOURNEYS are likely to be on President Johnson's schedule in the near future. Since he became president, more than 70 heads of government have visited the White House. But he has left the country only for brief visits to Canada and Mexico, although he went to Hawaii to confer with South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky. The first overseas trip probably will be to South America late this year or early next for a conference of hemisphere leaders. He also is said to be thinking of Asian and European journeys soon which would permit repayment of visits to Washington by such major leaders as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Prime Minister Harold Holt of Australia, Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Britain and Chancellor Ludwig Erhard of West Germany. VC Atrocities May Split Communists By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent The Soviet Union long has sought a "united front" of Communist-bloc nations to deal with the situation in Viet Nam, but signs today are that the Red- ruled nations are far from unified on the issue. The curious behavior of the controlled press in Communist Czechoslovakia and an announcement by Communist Romania seeming to go counter to Soviet views in a Viet Nam solution raise strong doubts that the Russians will be able to hold any solid line. In Prague, Czechoslovakia, about a week ago, the publication Literarni Noviny republished a series of articles from the conservative French newspaper Le Monde. These articles, dealing with Viet Nam, for the first time told readers of a Communist newspaper in a Communist country that the Viet Cong commit cruel atrocities against villagers of South Viet Nam. Up to now, Communist audiences have been told only that atrocities were committed by Americans and their South Vietnamese al lies. The Czechoslovak paper — and a broadcast of the articles as well — carried Le Monde's account of how the Viet Cong cause destruction and suffering among the rural Viet Nam population, how they kidnap, murder and torture village chiefs and local officials, how they commit "executions, repressions and terror." Le Monde's stories detailed grim episodes of Viet Cong terror and pointed out that "all the pie and not merely the collaborators, undergo steadily increasing pressure." It told of forced conscription of villagers for Viet Cong guerrilla service, Including the drafting of boys 14. It told of the oppressive taxes levied on villagers by the Viet Cong and collected at the points of machine guns. This must bt shocking tire for an audience accustomed for years to only one side of the story. The question arises: Why is the other side of the story now being presented? Surely no Soviet audience has been given such information by any organ of the Soviet press. The answer may be that the Czechoslovak Communist regime may want justification for supporting a route to peace in Viet Nam which might not square with Soviet views, or might fall far short of the all-or- nothing demands of the Communists in Viet Nam. Romania has come forward with something which also arouses suspicion that it is a straining hard at the Moscow leash over the Viet Nam question. The Romanian Communist government, in a note to the United Nations Security Council, has said' that "examination of acts of war in Viet Nam is within the competence of the 1954 Geneva Conference on Indo-China." This stops short of agreeing with the U.S. stand that the Geneva Conference — which divided Viet Nam 12 years ago — should be seek peace. But it seems to come close to asking for such a convocation. The Soviet Union, on the other hand, has rejected the appeals of .both Britain and India to support reconvening the Geneva meeting. The U.S.S.R. and Britain are cochairmen of the conference, and the two would be empowered to call it into session. Prague and Bucharest both are keenly interested in openings to the West and increased trade to build up their internal economies. Evidently they see danger of the Viet Narri war spreading, and judge it now to be at a perilous stage. Expansion of the war could set back their hopes for the sort of internal development which would permit them even larger measures of independence from Mos- Viet Medal Winner Asks For Prayers BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) 'I am grateful for the honors today," Col. Hal G. Moore Jr. told the hundreds gathered to honor him and other Viet Nam veterans, "but I am more grateful for the prayers you gave my men and me while we were in Viet Nam. "Please keep praying for the ones who still are there and the ones who have fallen. God bless them all." Moore then asked the 65 persons at the civic reception Sunday for a minute of silent prayer. The silence was In contrast to the parade and other celebrations the citizens jf Bardslown ha dplanned to honor Moore, winner o f the Distinguished Service Cross for valor in Viet Nam. * * * The festivities were planned when Moore, a Bardstown native, brought his wife and five children home to visit his widowed mother. Included in the plans was a "Hal Moore Night" at a local theatrical pageant, the Stephen Foster svory, which wnors another son of Bardstown. The colonel said no. But he told officials he approved of a reception in honor of all area veterans of Viet Nam and families who had lost a relative there. * * * Army Spec. 4 Michael Davenport of Greensburg, Ky., was one of those honored. He was Moore's driver and radio man for nine months in Viet Nam. Davenport said the revised program was typical of Col. Moore. "He never wanted anything his men couldn't have, too," Davenport said. "He's just the greatest I've ever served under." Davenport drove 10 miles to attend the reception. "I would lave traveled a lot farther to honor this man. He took risks he didn't have to to inspire the men. And he did, too." Davenport returned four days after Moore in November. Another Bardstown veteran who served under Moore, Spec. 4 Raymond Ford, died in action in February. At the reception Moore took his mother, Bertha Ford aside and told her he is proud of her son. "It was his duty and he want ed to serve," the mother said. The world's smallest mammals belong to the shrew family. William Kidd, famed pirate captain, was hanged in Lendon on May 23, 1701. Greek gnomic poetry consisted of wise, pithy sayings arranged in verse form. CHERRY & FRANKLIN STS. (Art.) Caurl*r Km - Mondty, Augurt 1,1MB - Pig TWO LOCATIONS INEY IBCOIINT STORES Air Base Hi-Way Ladies' 3-Pc Vinyl LUGGAGE SET "•""t^*-" Silk Lined - Assorted Colors REG. $19.98 II Trunk Locker REG. $9.95 Has Lock Handle With Key! 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