The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 13, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 13, 1966
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There Is This Theory... There is a theory behind the content of this editorial page and it goes something like this: Time is so precious and Arkansas and this Ark-Mo Delta in which we live have come so far must go yet so much further, that energies which might be used (albeit pleasantly) in congratulating ourselves 1 would be misspent; that the region and the state will move only by thorough examination and re-examination of policies which affect their growth and their abilities to control their environment; that as this search for enlightment progresses, the lives of people will be better—materially and spiritually — and as a result, the people will be better people and will live in a spirit of consummate brotherhood which will make life, truly, a paradise right here on earth. Well, that's the gear, anyway. All of which is only a terribly involved way of saying that it is the function of a newspaper to explore and enlighten as best it can; and only _a secondary function to spread a curtain of elaborate praise over the churches and schools, and boards and commissions and office-holders and civic workers who do good things. It should be the sincerest form of flattery that the public hereabouts simply expects good things from so many people. This is taken for granted here. It could not be elsewhere. This is a "plus." That aside, a brief word of praise about: The State American Legion Baseball Tournament which is being played here (as the weather permits it to be played) and which brings summer'i end excitement to the city. John Watson, Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's industrial prospector who was singled out by an industrialist in a civic club talk this wek. Mr. Watson, who physically is of Herculean proportions, looms equally large as ona of those who shapes the fortunes of the 90-community area he serves. Miss Effie Lee Terrell, who assumed a new role as guidance counselor of city schools. Miss Terrell is one of the pioneers in the field of public school guidance in Arkansas. She has helped untold thousands of youngsters in their selection of professions, jobs, colleges . . . and what a rewarding job hers must be. meditations- Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor-Proverbs 18:12. Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. -John J. McCloy, American diplomat. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."—Matthew 14:27. A man of courage is also full of faith.— Marcus Cicero, Roman statesman. 4'*•»•' *v^ * •;?;VHi\"^ ; f>%>, V'",W'*, v- -""<'*>, ;• • • • s ' <%AM#<? .* « » i -i v ,V!f f...i i^u M* ««M, !' "''' f V^w'^'$i Show Beat by Dick Kleiner HOLLYWOOD (NBA) It looks like Charles Boyer has won the Kurt Kasznar part in the movie version of "Barefoot In the Park" ... Speaking of movie versions of Broadway hits, many New York critics still feel that Arthur Hill would have been better than Richard Burton in the."Virginia Woolf" lead. Actually, the movie's writer, 'Ernest Lehman, spent three hours with Hill before the movie was made, asking him what Albee meant, and then he cast Burton ... Martin Balsam may be the voice of the computer, a futuristic narrator, in Stanley Kubrick's science - fiction gem, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Van Johnson figures it's high time he moved out of the juvenile parts — "I'll be 50 next month," he says. "The boy next door moved away." Van, now working in "Divorce American Style" with Debbie Reynolds and Dick Van Dyke, attributes his still • youthful appearance to the fact that he never took his career too seriously. "It's all a big joke," Van says. "If you have fun on the inside you stay young on the outside. I take a nap every day and never worry about a thing" John Huston, on his Interpretation of Biblical themes in "The Bible" (and the advance word is that this is a good one): "Many versions of the Bible, most of them half - baked or hopelessly melodramatic and stilted, have been presented to the public. I felt that what they wanted was a version that they could emphathize with and relate to their own lives today." Costume designer Moss Mabry says that there are very few of the younger glamor girls who know how to wear cloSies today. "There are no Crawfords, Dietrichs or Garbos around," Mabry says. "The best of the younger set for wearing clothes is Gila Golan." 75 Years Ago -In B/yt/tev/7/e Miss Marian Mayes of Jackson and Gulfport, Miss, has arrived to spend several day* with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mayes. Blytheville (Ark.) Oourier News Saturday, August 13, 1966 Page Four iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiB f ^^-^ 9 % Strictly a Matter of Opinion Jrossett News Observer The general un-rest and dissatisfaction of the public with the status quo on both the state and national level is but one reflection of the surprisingly large vote given Crossett's Justice Jim Johnson in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. Altho it was widely predicted that Johnson would gain either the number two or three spot in the crowded seven man race, few persons would have bet ne would come out on top - and lead the field. But lead he did from the earliest returns, late into the night and on into Wednesday when only but a few of fee big city boxes remained to come in. Basing his campaign on a return to local control of government as well as repudiating Federal intervention, Johnson sound ed a note that apparently was sweet music to the ears of the voters. At many times It appeared like he was running more 9g9inst LBJ than his six opponents and this too met with voter approval, plus the fact that Johnson made it abundantly clear that he was in no way, shape or form connected with the p r e s e n t administration. Terming his principal adversaries, Holt, Alford and Hays, as "the Tied Trio," Johnson gave the voters the message that they, not he, were being controlled by the Faubus "establishment" and that he was the only "Choice For A Change." A change is surely what the public was wanting and Johnson's handsome plurality bears this out. The public wants a change from the scandals and favoritism from Little Rock as well as change from federal domination they feel is increasing from Washington Justice Jim waged a long and arduous campaign making close to 90 speeches in every corner of the state, as he carried his personal message,directly to the voters. He was ably assisted by his attractive and articulate wife, Virginia, who took over many of his TV chores and carried the Johnson message to the voters in that manner. As the number one man in the race, Johnson may now face an even stiffer battle to gain the final nomination in the run-off. Many of those who voted for Hays, Sulcer, Boyce and Rebsamen are sure to now support Holt, while Johnson may be expected to gain the vote given to Alford. Nor will the political wars end there. Should Johnson come out on top again after August 9, he will face an aroused and strengthened threat in the personage of Winthrop Rockefeller, the Republican candidate, in the General Election November 8 and he will have to work hard to overcome the Rockefeller monies and manner. It won't be easy but if the mood of the people remains as it was reflected by Tuesday's vote, then citizenry will support the candidate who promises to throw the rascals out and stand up to Uncle Sam. Unless this mood changes, Jim Johnson could be governor of Arkansas next January 1. Caruthersville Journal Caruthersville, Mo. In the past three years the Pemiscot County Hospital in Hayti has had more than its share of controversy involving members of the Board of Trustees, file hospital administartors and members of the medical staff. When things seem to get quiet, all of the sudden a new conflict comes to light. The Journal does not pass them by as many would like to have it for that hospital is not a private institution and it is the public's right to know what is going on. Last week me Journal had little difficulty in finding out what the problems were, everyone was most co-operative when called upon to explain the matter. We only wish that all matters involving public facilities would be as easy to find out about. Many would like to say that the Journal created the conflicl but only common sense will shaw that the newspaper merely brought it to file attention of the public — the taxpayers — the people who pay for the hospital and its operation. They have a right to know. Just as do the patrons of a school district when there are problems within that district. And resi dents of any political subdivision to know what is taking place. There is no room for secrets in public facilities or electee bodies. The public's right to know what is happening is supreme if there is to be an effective democratic process. For the news media to report it is imperative for it would not be fulfilling its most valuable pledge to the public. There are times wiien t h e news is distasteful and even newsmen do not like to get volved — but they do as it is their duty. But it is also their duty to be responsible in their reporting. This is sometimes overlooked, either for unethical reasons or strictly due to neg- iect. The Journal makes every effort to avoid these. As to the incident last week, it poses a prune example of the problems faced by newsmen In reporting a conflict for there are three angles to it. That of the hospital board, the administrator and the medical staff. It s sometimes difficult to report all three in one story but it must be attempted. Unfortunately, some public officials feel that a newsman who is checking a story which might create conflict as an enemy. Quite often he will resist attempts to bring the facts out and in doing so he will create tion and a little time explaining a situation might often make il much easier for EVERYONE concerned. Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau, Mo. The lime may be coming when the average American will be able to roam the world witti a small amount of cash — just enough to cover trivial expenditures — and a credit card or two. Already card carriers — no longer largely limited to businessmen, as formerly — need only their identification to charge such expenditures as hotel and motel bills, restauranl and night club tabs, gasoline and automobile repair bills, auto rental and bus fares, and a host of other items. But the fast-growing c r e d i I card interests are engaged in a hectic race to put their cards in file pockets of everyone. The day is seen when such identification will be accepted in transactions for items that cost as little as $1 on up to the finesi automobiles. There are a half dozen major entrants in the credit card business, and all report that volume continues to gain. The words charge it have been a major spur to the Amer lean economy. A greater use ol credit cards could mean a big lift for business in the years aiiead. Osceola Times We are inclined to beliave thai love and hate are the two greatest motives in the world today, and perhaps have always been the case. We would like to think in all this struggle that love has managed to be the major force, even if it hasn't been easy. Love, or we might say friend ly feelings and good will, al ways seems to have the greater attraction. Most of us endeavor to maintain a greater supply of the former. But not in China. We are told in this immense Red world that hate is the motivation influence that shapes Hie policy, the think ing and the efforts of some seven hundred million people. It seems horrifying and it Is to Americans because that unrelenting hate is directed toward America. China's communist party Breaches, teaches hate against ;his country »nd sees to it that •WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDIIIilllllllll a great deal of mass hating among the people directed toward America thrives and increases day by day. The reasoning appears to be simple. So long as hate and fear can be. whipped up toward this country, the Chinese, their rules believe, will be able to abide the grim living conditions of a backward nation and the lack of liberty and'freedom universally existing for the masses. So, a continuous stream of hate propaganda is being fed the Chinese people and the evidence is that at present the cam paign is highly successful. But can a nation prosper and become great where the main foundation is hate? We doubt it. This is the most disturbing thought in the low and degraded relationship existing between- two large countries with little mutual respect for each other. Warren Eagle Democrat Congressional Hopeful Dean Murphy was striking at the very foundations of a newspaper's reason for life last week when he assailed this publication and two others in a television speech. Speaking Thursday afternoon, the Hope .business (who lives at Texarkana) criticized The Eagle Democrat, The Pine Bluff Commercial and The Arkansas Gazette for editorial stands in regard to the congressional race. This newspaper's position, as well as those of the two big dailies with which Murphy associated us, were not in Mr. Murphy's favor, naturally. ' Had they been thus, perhaps the three newspapers would not have been chosen for criticism by him. Perhaps The Advance Monti- cellonian or the Crossett News- Observer, both of which endorsed a Murphy opponent (David Pryor) would have been chosen as targets for his remarks. In the past, we have chosen to cling hard to the right to tell the public what we think. We hold no delusions of infallibility. We base ourselves squarely on the premise that the public deserves to know the positions a newspaper takes on various issues of the public. interest. We plan to continue speaking out in the future just as we have in the past. At any rate, Mr. Murphy Is now en route (practically, at least) back to Hope and the resumption of his completely-honorable business as the operator of Arkansas' Largest Truck Stop. This is well and good. The voters of the Fourth District had several able persons for which they could cast their votes yesterday. The people have now spoken, to a degree, at least, and we accept and acquiese with their decisions as to a Democratic Fordyce News Advocate Arkansas voters gave Jim Johnson a sound vote in the seven - man race for Democratic nomination for governor. Jim Johnson is a most sincere, dedciated person and is a m tv NEA, inc.' JtJto 4fl/J iff erfrfj of if raining are 40-601" offering the people of this state a sound program, and he has the desire and determination necessary to inaugurate it. This program, plus Johnson's belief in the preservation of Constitutional Government and bur Christian faith and his advoca- tion of more local control and less concentration of power in Washington, should be attractive to the majority in Arkansas Also, the long neglected highways in South Arkansas should make the people of this part of the State interested in having a governor from this area for a change. (In the past half century there have been only two governors from South Arkansas. The highway system in and around Pine Bluff, Arkansas' second largest city is similar to driving an infiltration course, U. S. Highway 82 across South Arkansas is a disgrace, and we could go on and cite numerous other situations. Jim Johnson would not favor South Arkansas, but we believe he would see that all parts of Arkansas are treated equally, and that's all any fair - minded person should desire. Also, Jim Johnson will be fair to all the people which is all that any fair - minded person should want. We previously expressed confidence in Mr. Johnson in addition to pointing to the South Arkansas highway plight in our editorials on April 20 and May 11. olutlon 103, which, if adopted, would permit the people of each state to apportion one house of their state legislature on other factors besides population.. A majority of Congressmen have favored the joint resolution, but McGehee Times Even though not required by the Constitution, most of the fifty states as. they come into the Union, organize their legislature along the lines of the national government; one house apportioned roughly according to population and one according to geographical areas. This was all upset in 1964 when the Supreme Court ruled, by a six-to-one decision, that both houses must be made up of districts nearly equal in population. It was for this reason that State Senator Merle F. Peterson, who won a four year term just two years ago, had to run again this year. He represented Desha and Drew Counties, the smallest senatorial district in the state. The old system of representation by population and by area had the advantage of giving a balance for more sparsley settled rural areas against the more densely settled urban areas. Naturally, the rural areas were all for the idea. Unfortunately, urban areas are growing in every state, with the rural influence declining in proportion. Senator Everett Dirksen has introduced Constitutional Amendment, Senate Joint Res- it takes a two-thirds approval to change the Constitution. And 28 states have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention to bring the issue before the people, but 34 are required. Sikeston Daily Standard Sikeston, Mo. A University of Missouri professor dislikes the term "Boot- heel" and wants to substitute "Delta." Frankly, "Bootheel"' Is preferable to "Delta." There is an inexact aspect about both terms. Webster's dictionary defines 'delta" as "a triangula-r shaped tract of land at the mouth of the river." Because of this definition people moving to the central south region always are surprised to hear of the Greenwood, Greenville and Clarksdale, Miss., region described as "the Delta." It may be that because the definition already has been so liberally stretched any flatland along the lower Mississippi now can be described as "the delta." This takes a great deal of imagination. More in fact than we possess. "Bootheel" is not a precise description either because not all the 11 counties in Southeast Missouri are located in the "heel" region of the state. The term is more too graphically than geographically accurate. It covers the flatlands of the region. The northern boundary is the hilly area that is characteristic of Cape Girardeau and oKier counties to the north. There also is an agricultural cohesiveness in the Bootheel. In the rich, deep, flat soil washed down the Mississippi river into the Bootheel, cotton grows as well as wheat, soybeans and other crops. Cotton won't grow in the northern hills. There also is a difference in the people. In rural Missouri and in the rural south for that matter, there are pure English strains populating the hills. Invariably they are Republican in political persuasion. In the cotton economy the Democrats prevail, although they are much more conservative than their fellow liberal partisans, who populate the cities to the north. A quarter of a century ago the most frequently used word to describe Southeast Missouri was the contraction "S e m o." This is seldom used today and most residents say that is just as well. No one mourns its pas- ing. Just why "Semo" became popular has never been explained fully. That habit wasn't contagious. Northeast Missouri was never called "Nemo" and no one in that region would know what IIIJIUiniillM^ was meant by anyone who uttered the word. Prof. H. H. Krusekoph, an expert in soils at the University of Missouri, is the champion of "delta" to describe Southeast Missouri. But many persons would not know if the term applied to Missouri unless a mora detailed description wa« supplied with each use. "Bootheel" he charges, "il anything but flattering and II seldom used by the local people." We disagree on both counts. There is nothing derogatory about the word and it is th« term used by residents to describe the region. What may be even more important, Missourians living in other sections of the state immediately recognize "Bootheel" as applying to Southeast Missouri. "Bootheel" is the most popular and most readily recognized word that has ever been used to describe the region. If Professor Krusekopf wants to pour latex over the word "delta" and streioh it until it covers, as he expresses it, the 600 miles along the Mississippi River "from Cape Girardeau to the Gulf of Mexico" that is his privilege. He is indulging in squeamishness and nit picking. We'll stick with "Bootheel" and until persuaded otherwise, we believe that most Southeast Missouri residents will go along with us. THE BLYTHEVILIJt COURIER NEWS THE COURIEh NBWS CO. B W. HA1NES PUBLISHER HARRY A. RAINES Assistant .•uhllsher-EdltoT PAUL D HUMAN Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representative Wallace Wltmer Co. New Vork. Chicago Detroit Atlanta MempUis Second-class postage paid at Blythevllle Ark Member ol the Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier tn the city ul Blythe* rille or an.v suburban town where carrier service Is maintained Me per week $1.50 per month B; mail within a radlu* ot Mi mile:.. 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