The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 6, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 6, 1966
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Ignoring The Great Revolution --Through the political chemistry of an-electorate which sought revolution, it mattered not how or where, Jim John barely led the July 26 primary ticket. Ironically, he sold some voters on revolution against the elements of government which they desperately need if they ever are to pull off the greatest revolution of all—moving Arkansas ahead 100 years in just 25. ..'...Although his remarks of the past week have been tempered by second thoughts, Mr. Johnson has been asking the people of this state to believe that they do not need the help and attendant "controls" of the federal government; that.they are doing splendidly and will continue to prosper without this "interference" (and haven't a terribly lot of politicians made an.awfully lot of hay. during the past 50 years talking about "outside interference'.'"). .5 In fact, Arkansas, of all states, niiist have outside help. It ranks on oil near the bottom In per capita income. It ranks .on or near the bottom in every index used in measuring education, save one; that being the indgx, which Arkansas politicians are wOnt to use, where you equate the per capita expenditure with the state's pitifully low per capita income and you cgrf come up with a "percentage of per capita income spent on schools" figure which is little more than a reflection of the ridiculous state of per capita in- cqjne in Arkansas. ;-. ..Mr. Johnson would have people be- ILeje then, that this state, this cellar- cftvelling state, this state which re-' ceived $2.80 in federal expenditures for every $1 in tax money, that THIS state does not need aid. No one has ever done much of a job of substantiating the evidence of "outside interference," Indeed, we would hazard that most of Arkansas' troubles—political arid otherwise— accrue from conditions and personalities with deep roots within the state. Certainly, there have been federal guidelines passed down to schools using federal money. These guidelines though have in no way sought to bring about federal control over local schools. These guidelines merely seek reassurance that all students in a school district are given an equal opportunity for an education and that faculty members are treated with equity. This is something pretty far from taking over public schools. Thursday night in a television address, Mr. Johnson again pledged that he will "tolerate no interference from outside agitators." We haven't figured out what Mr. Johnson means by this. If it had been said by one of the other Johnson father images (Paul V. or Lyndon B.), it would make infinitely more sense. But so goes Mr. Johnson's campaign. It is based mainly .on emotion. For this reason, we object to it. It is offering Arkansas hope where none exists. It tantalizes, with -a hidden promise, race baiters to turn the clock back a few decades. Mr. Johnson promises he'll have the school children praying again (doubtless, the prayers will be composed by,- Mr. Johnson or one of his advisers on the Christian faith and he has several in his camp). Mr. Johnson's approach to this state's problems is charged -with negativism and as such generally is meaningless. •••••'••••••••••••••••••••••••'••••I* Show Beat Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD (NBA) The hottest race Hollywood hu seen In months is over the three big female parti In "Valey of the Dolls." This best-seller about the sleeping pill set- •hould they call It "Pill Talk"? -will be one of Ws big pictures and there are those three showy girl's parts. Producer David Weisbarr gets 25 calls a week from girls who would like to have a crack at the parts— and big names, too. Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Kim Novak are some who've expressed an interest in it. Weisbart, who bought Jacqueline Susann's carbon copy before it was shown to a publisher, hasn't signed anyone yet. He would like Barbra Streisand to play Neely, but otherwise he has no favorites yet. Miss Susan will play a bit part, however. •.- Fisher-North Little Rock Times Producer (and former General) Frank McCarthy wants Charles Robinson for the costarring role in his coming production of "Patton" . . ABC thinks it may have a hit in the coming series, Love on a Rooftop, but tee's a problem — the draft board is interested in costar Peter Deuel ..: Stefanie Powers is doing.her own stunts in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. not because they don't supply a stunt girl but, in Slefanie's words, "I'm better than she is." Example: the stunt girl tried three times to film a fall off a trapeze and it didn't work. Stefanie tried it once and it was perfect. John Gavin is now shooting "Thoroughly Modern Millie'' at Universal .with .Julie Andrews, Bea LllUe and Mary Tyler Moore. Just before reporting, Gavin filmed a movie, "The Murmurings," In Mexico dtty. It was all in Spanish which was fine with Gavin - he's half • Mexican and speaks Spanish fluently. But he had a problem. He learned his Spanish from a Spanish- born nurse and there's a big difference between Spanish Spanish and Mexican Spanish.' ' • ,' The Mexicans objected to his accent and he had- to take die- ition lessons to learn the Mexi- I can accent. Comprende? Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Saturday, August 13, 1966 Page Four 75 Years Ago -In Blythevillt Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stovall Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Os v borne left yesterday .for points of interests in Iowa where they will vacation for several days. Miss Joann Trieschnian and Miss Gay Garrigan complimented Miss Mary Frances Gaines with a luncheon today at the Garrigan home at Half Moon. . Strictly a Matter of Opinion Baxter Bulletin iOut of a colorless campaign of is;sue - evading and monotonous platitudes has come a grave political crisis for Arkansas. The state is faced with the possibility that the ignored demagogue, Jim Johnson, can be elected governor. "the state cannot afford to allow the widly erratic "Justice" Johnson to ascend to the governorship. It would be a calamity, disastrous to the economic and social prgress for which Arkansans are struggling. 11 would brand Arkansas as an island of backwardness. ^That's because Johnson is the most intemperate, inflammatory candidate who ever strode Arkansas in a state-wide race. Orval E. Faubus in his passion- raising excesses has never matched Johnson for raw virulence, for violent language. .-.Ten years ago this summer th'e two men were pitted in a rough gubernatorial contest. In that year, Johnson was running as" a hard-line racist such as Arkansas had never seen. While Faubus spoke at the Mountain diculous Wallace - for - President campaign that is shaping up for 1968 and might try to lead Arkansas Democrats on an embarrassing and abortive excursion into national splinter politics. His nomination next month would be extremely damaging to the political party system in Arkansas. intolerable cross to bear in eration of dishonesty in govern-1 nia is that out there the voters Washington as it seeks improvements for the state. (Arkansas receives in federal project expenditures more than double the amount the state's people pay in federal taxes, and the $2.7 million allocation for Mountain Home's large water - sewer endeavor is a good example of that kind of assistance.) ' Of course Johnson would not be elected simply by winning in the runoff; the Democratic vic- jtor must still face Republican Johnson's technique is old Winthrop Rockefeller in Novem- and simple: Whip the people to white-hot anger. In such a situation, rational analysis disappears. Johnson's speech hi Mountain Home earlier this month was laden with distortions and fiery bombast, and the vitriol which he poured out upon his gentlemanly opponents was a sorry display of ruthlessness. No doubt the worst of character assassination is yet to come, in the day before the runoff. her. But Johnson's nomination would preclude the possibility of any intelligent campaigning, on the issues, prior to the general election. The race would merely be a verbal bloodbath. And, despite Rockefeller's formidable buildup, the record of Republicans in electing governors makes it imperative that Johnson be stopped in the Democratic run-off. If he is not, the state could sink to its lowest ebb on A Johnson speech is one scald- [inauguration day next January, ing denunciation after another | Frank Holt, Johnson's Demo- of all officialdom in sight from; cratic opponent, is an estimable Washington to Little Rock, and reaching down to "those illigir (imate, wenches" who burden the taxpayers with child sup- me..t, cuilivation of a despotic wound up with Ronald 1 Reagan, bureaucracy, political deals and subterfuge, plus tragic indecision in international affairs. We are frightened by policies paralyzing strikes, ''no - win" wars, the weakenng dollar, mushrooming lawlessness and a centralized federal dictatorship. Jim Johnson, an astute politician, seized upon this patriotic dread of ours and was successful. His success will surely be cj;:ed by politicians in other states. We are confident now that there WILL be a trend toward sanity in our internal and international affairs. The only question is whether the change will be wrought by the present administration or by its succes- who is a conservative but one with good judgment and considerable charm. In Arkansas, we wound ui with Jim Johnson, who is a wild reactionary. It may be satisfying to vote in protest of certain programs, but it's not very productive in this case. What, for heaven's sake, can Jim Johnson do about j in the runoff primary August 9, vincialism as a way of life and, rent set-up our knowledge of will not even show Negroes who j the character and reputation of come to hear him 'speak the those backers should be consid- common courtesy of shaking their hands. There is even some question of whether he is entitled to call himself a Democrat as a result of his campaigning national TV for Barry Goldwater. If Jim Johnson is the winner the federal inconie tax? How could he cut off foreign aid? What could he do about the Negro revolution, except perhaps take Arkansas back to those days of lawlessness in the street in front of Central High School? If elected, Jim Johnson says (A) he will not ask for Arkansas to be.included in any new federal programs (B) he will oppose the consolidation of the, tiny rural schools that eat up so much of North Little Rock Times I our e d uca « otl do » ar <£) he mil What happened in Arkansas Tuesday was the same thing that happened in California and Alabama. People everywhere are fed up with protest marches man, qualified through years i high, taxes, foreign aid, Negro of experience as attorney-general and Supreme Court justice. He is a native of this section, a riots and liberal courts. They amend and maybe abolish the state income tax withholding law, and (D) he will not allow any new taxes to be added regardless of what services the state might need. Outside of Arkansas, our state's prestige would certainly decided to do a little protesting' be lowered if we elected a man themselves, by voting for Governor who publicly ridi- port. It is full of undocumented ! former school teacher at Cot- candidate who was against thfe i cules the President of the United Arkansas will be the loser. Marked Tree Triburi* In January of this year an outstanding young Arkansan from another section of the state was reported to have given up his plans to seek an office because someone had said, "It will take at least $75,000 as a starter." The prospective candir date's reaction was, "I'd have to sell myself to get that kind of money and my principles aren't for sale." Obviously the candidate was more of a political idealist than realist and the day may come when he can find a way to inject a practical approach to the matter. However, he had pinpointed a question of growing concern in the minds of persons ered • when the prospects of a candidate's true public service are being weighed. Until we find a way to f;ee a candidate for office from these fetters, we cannot expect the-' democratic ideal behind-bur form of self - government to be | realized in even half-measure. Arkansas Baptist A North Little Rock physi- sible drivers. Drivers' t e s t s, cian, Dr. R. B. Clark, made j ^th {he public welfare as the • some traffic safety suggestions • jn objective rather thar) the in a recent letter to the editor r9i?ing ^ f 9d ditionaJ funds, are of the Arkansas Gazette that will ' ' .----.-bear repeating. a must. As conditions now stand once a driver secures his first Dr. Clark offers four positive I driver's license, he is "in" for proposals, none of them new, but which if taken seriously by (toe traveling public and by traffic officers would most surely result in a great saving of life on our highways. His proposals: 1. Widespread Use of seat belts 2. Yearly inspection of motor vehicles. 3. Strict enforcement of traffic rules. 4. Safer automobile design. the rest of his life. If he becomes too feeble or too blind to go for his own renewal, or if he is too drunk to go, anybody else who has the required $2 fee can get his renewed license for him. As we have said many times before, driving while under the influence of liquor should be a major offense. One found driv- .—.. ,, 'ing a car while "under the in- Pointing out that seat belts f | ue n C e"'should have his right are being installed in more and ' -- - - more cars, Dr. Clark reminds. that year. •Johnson has an appeal that is 33e:::ding that blctant extrem- totally unrelated to the major ism would not work, Johnson j problems and needs of Arkan- tSnea dow,i,.a.bit, slipping into a |sas - needs for industrial de- sJate Supreme Court position on' s'fluke. He edged out the aging and ailing Justice Minor Mil- There is no convincing • evidence that he is a front • man for the Faubus machine, as has been charged. It is a fact that Johnson is backed by some rampant extremists who should not under any circumstances have any roles at the slatehbuse. This will be a tough battle. while the state's attention as focused On a hot governor's race. velopnient, improved schools, i Holt > a ., calm nla " °f modera- betler wages, road construction,!" 011 ' rwl1 ' no dou1 ^ receive a more hospitals and an overall ! ila " of a ? use - But wifn the S11 P- elevation of state services. ' P° rt of tllou ghtfu' Arkansans Johnson, after all, could not as governor turn Lyndon Johnson -On the court, he flirted with]out of the White House or dis- moderation, even rendering sjjJne decisions that could be t|rmed liberal. But he is back ni&v, with a brand of right wing radicalism that makes the John B'irchers appear mild. Johnson is Arkansas's approximation of George Wallace, and h| does not flinch at the corn- miss the U. S. Supreme Court or prosecute the war in Vietnam. He promises more money for welfare clients and other expansions of state services that require federal assistance, yet his raging bitterness toward the national government makes it voled for him and the others who ran behind Johnson Tuesday (they had a fine majority), he should be nominated on August 9. Wynna Progress The success of Jim Johnson in the Arkansas gubernatorial primary should attract careful at- parison. There is little doubt fluential in helpiig the state. tnat, if elected, Johnson would 1 "" •"""'- '- —'- A -' immediately assume a leading place among the South's ravers unlikely that he would be in-[tention in Washington. For one flliontial in haliiiirf tha ctafn /if TLTf T(\I-im?/-iH'^ »tn i/i« /tn»i. of Mr. Johnson's major cam- paigr. issues was outspoken criticism and opposition to the Administration's policies. California, too, long a liberal stronghold, has shown powerful trends toward conservatism, directly opposed to the ultra-liberal policies of the Johnson ad- ministratin. There is strong indication tiiat th« American people are getting enough of reckless financial tigious and effective congres-[waste, legislation which at- sional delegation would have an ! tempts to dictate morality, tol- ••••JIM against the Twentieth Century. The number of these in Southern governors.' chairs continues to grow smaller, and Arkansas sjfould not provide one of t h e last and loudest. tit is reasonable to expect that Johnson, who less than two yttars ago bolted the Democratic-Party to campaign for Barry <$dwater, would join in ths ri- He wants to make Arkansas a self - sufficient province, and it will not work. The picture of Arkansas that the hard-eyed and ungrarnmati- cal Johnson ("We done the best we could," he said Tuesday night) would present to the nation would be crushing. The state would shape up in the country's eyes as a rumble-seat Alabama, and Arkansas's pres- "Sent i back for some 'r«f and recuperation' — spent a week in Hong Kong!" '"lit J 1 C1L1UU3 opvjnt Clt LI It. l.tuulllull. jl — -- ; -- - , •• — ^ — o - — . -- - , . , ,.- . Home Courthouse, a person pre-[ charges and assertions, and;ter, and is known as a man of I most things. The only difference States, is a supporter of White I concerned with attracting tne sumed to be a Johnson opera-! ranges from a loud shout to' a I integrity, energy and ability. between Arkansas and Califor-' Citizens Councils, advocates pro- : k °"* «"<">iM» ai^torf ^ffiniaic tiye was distributing a handbill low, hard and menacing tone. ""—- : ~ --->-' •- whn a spurious photo in which It combines subtle hate - pro- Fgubus had been inserted voking statements and heavy a grou j of Negroes. Fau-, use of the religious theme. bus was running as a moderate | As the candidate of anger, best possible elected and with responsibility in government. Campaigns can become '•spending' sprees" very easily and as a general rule no man can afford to go it alone financially from a hot county race to a contested state or district race. As a result the winning candidate is quite frequently a "captive candidate," committed to remember first those persons who contributed most heavily to his campaign. There are times when that "remembering" must be done at the risk of going against public Interest — in short against the needs and will of the very people whose votes actually elected the man. Common sense tells us that this condition has led and can continue to lead to an actual violation of the law. These thoughts bring us around to a reaization that it is a corrupt electorate that makes a corrupt politician. It should force us to the candid consideration that unless the individual voter is willing to demonstrate responsibility in making voting decisions, that the citizen • voter must share a portion of the blame for any lack of quality or Integrity in his public officials. It is seldom difficut to find out "where the power lies" behind a candidate. Under the cur- that these devices "are worthless unless used." He states that to drive cancelled and the burden of proof Kiat he has given up the drink habit and is otherwise less unless m,ea.jie_siaieswai lifled shou]d be upon such the risk of fatal injury is in-!_,.... h , fnre he ,. j icens . d ,, . - person before he is licensed creased five fold it occupations a g a j n are thrown from cars. An In- ' . diana study, he reports, of 495! Interest^ of private citizens. fatal accidents revealed that 47 per cent of the 616 persons killed were ejected and migiit have been saved by the use of seat belts. Of the fatal accidents, <5 per cent occurred with cars traveling under 40 miles per hour, he reports. In support of his call for annual inspection of cars, Dr. Clark says that states requiring regular and periodic inspection consistently have lower accident rates. On strict enforcenient, pr. Clark gives Connecticut as an example. The state showed a sizeable decrease in fatalities after it tightened up its traffic rules. We agree with his statement, "Motorists exceeding the speed limit as well as those driving too slowly or turning without signaling should be se- verly dealt with." Through outside pressure, automobile dealers 'and manufacturers are finally beginning to make their product safer, Dr. ClarjTreports. ' " ' Concludes the Doctor: "These steps, relatively easy to apply, at small cost, would save millions of dollars, 'thousands 'of lives, and years of suffering." To the Doctor's timely and excellent suggestion* we would add one point more. Surely more attention should be given to protecting the public against ignorant, unskilled and Ifrespon- such as Dr. Clark, is a good sign. For no one is in a better position to stop the senseless maiming and killing on our highways than we, the people. The first place to start is with ourselves as drivers. Let us do everything we can do individually to be sure that we, as well as our cars, are roadworthy every time we take to the street and highways. THE Bl.YTHEVn.LE COURIER NEWS THE COUR1E1. NR1VS CO. H U'. HAINBS t'L'BLISHKR HARRY A. tUINEJS M>UCant .•ublliher-tditoi PAUL D HUMAN Advmlslnt Sole National AilvertiUt Repre.scniittive Wallace Wltmet Co. Hew Voi», Chicago, Detroit. Atlanta. Mempfiu Second-class pottage paid at Blyttievllle, Ark. Member of the Associated Preu SUBSCRIPTION RATES 8; carrier in the city ol BIjtBf- rille or any suburban town wh»r« carrier service is maintained S5c pir week $1.50 per month. By mail ultnir, a radlui ol fc> mile:,. 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