Editorial nutcninson News irionaay, Sept. 13, 1H71 Page 4 Hitting A Narrow Trail Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine has hit the trail running in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. But he is finding that it is an extremely narrow trail. In a flurry of activity last, week, Muskie announced that while he himself doesn't particularly shine to bus- 'ing, it is the law of the land, and a fairly good answer to school integration, and therefore ought to be obeyed. In practically the same breath, he ruled out a black running mate for the 1972 ticket. If that sounds Nixonian, so be it. Muskie is the acknowledged Democratic front-runner. He doesn't have a lot of money, and he is in a party that is showing more splinters than a boy who uses a cellar door as a slide. Muskie's trail will wind through Kansas Nov. 13 when he will appear at a fund-raising event as a part of Gov. Robert Docking's birthday celebration. It. will be a chance for Kansans to observe his thrust first hand. He is apt to bo walking a worn verbal path. Already known as a centrist, Mus kie has become even more hemmed in by recent moves by President Nixon. If he sounds me-tooish now, think of what it will be like in 1972 if Nixon's moves on China, Berlin, Vietnam and the economy pan out. About The Bum's Rush A group of Kansas lawmakers took a hard look at the lieutenant governor's office last week and promptly voted to abolish it. The group did it in a spirit of reorganization of state government, and the effort wasn't partisan. Republicans dominated the balloting, which ran about 2 to 1 for giving the job the bum's rush. Lt. Gov. Reynolds Shultz is a Republican. And it is fitting that the Legislature should be faced with a decision of whether to do away with the job with Shultz in it. He preaches the work ethic and bad-mouths welfare recipients, even while the value of his own work in relationi to his $8,000 salary from taxpayers has bordered on a handout, many lawmakers feel. Only last session the Legislature expanded the duties of the lieutenant governor to .include his heading the Kansas Department of Economic Development. Shultz has been on the job, but he already has announced that he f hankers to be doing something else — like running for Congress or governor, and in poli tics it is hard to separate work and play. The lieutenant governor also presides over the Senate, a chore that takes at least a few minutes out of each working day during the legislative sessions, and sits on a few internal committees. The lawmakers who voted the job out note that a line of succession probably would be able to provide a more able man out of the ranks of the legislative leadership should the governor vacate his post. They also note that several other states get along just fine without a lieutenant governor. At first blush, the idea of showing the lieutenant governor the door sounds like a joke. But maybe they have something. The idea is worth serious contemplation by the full legislative body. This is especially true at a time when solons who agreed with Shultz about welfare felt it was necessary to cut already-pitiful checks to women and children, and the blind and the old and the infirm to keep taxpayer money out of the hands of a handful of abusers. Speaking Of Uniforms Picture the mentality that forces everyone in a nation to wear the same uniform. Sounds communistic, doesn't it? Red China or Cuba probably. The individual suffers loss of identity as he disappears into the masses, ail of whom look just like him from the neck down. You've seen one Red Chinese and you've seen them all. Conformity is the key to harmony, by government edict. Now picture a nation that wants Other Editors everyone to look the same from the neck up, if not from the neck down. Sounds kind of American, doesn't, it? All of which is further argument that an establishment on the right can go so far right it comes around to the left, and vice-versa. Which helps explain why establishments all over the globe are being tested from within. And it makes court decisions on haircuts not such a frivolous subject for the scales of justice in a democracy after all. Deception by Militarists DM MolnM Sunday Register Two former insiders in United States negotiations about a ban on testing nuclear weapons argued in the Aug. 29 New York Times that the Pentagon is blocking agreement now, and that the Pentagon and Atomic Energy Commission did so repeatedly in the past. James J. Wadsworth in 1958-60 w a s President Eisenhower's representative for disarmament and chief of the U.S. delegation to the conference on. a nuclear test ban. Mrs. Jo Pomerance was co-chairman of the task force for a nuclear test ban and special adviser to the U.S. mission to the United Nations in 1961 -62 under President Kennedy. The two cite recent testimony before the Senate subcommittee on arms control by M. Carl Walske, assistant to Defense Secretary Melvin Laird. Wolskc said that underground testing of nuclear explosives is necessary to assure "reliability of U.S. nuclear weapons." This is a shift in reasoning. In the past, Pentagon opponents of a test ban have , argued that they needed on-site inspections to make sure Russia was not cheating on the ban, and of course Russia always shied .off. Many U.S. scientists for years haw/argued that on-site inspections were no longer, necessary; that U.S. de- : vices for rrwnttoring large explosions from a distance were adequate. But tho Pentagon kept saying no, even when detection devices kept improving. The new argument by Walske avoids any argument on that point. If accepted, it wild block agreement forever. Wadsworth and Mrs. Pomerance also tell some past history as seen from the Inside. President Eisenhower thought a test ban treaty was necessary and feasible, and technical experts from the two sides met to discuss the problem. The Atomic Energy Commission told them that the first U.S. underground test in 1957 could be detected only within 250 miles. Scientists knew bettor, made a fuss, and by March, 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission changed the figure to 2,320 miles. In August, 1958, when the experts were agreed that a workable ban could be reached, the Atomic Energy Commission came up with new obstacles: A theoretical explosion in a hole so big it would muffle the shock, or in outer space where there is no earth or air to shake. That slowed things down in the diplomatic conference that followed. In March, I960, agreement was close again, when the Russians shot down an American U-2 spy plane and lost their faith in Eisenhower's word. Not till 1963 was a test ban treaty agreed on, and then it failed to ban underground tests because the U.S. was still insisting upon on-site inspection. The Pentagon and the Atomic Energy Commission insisted on that, though scientists said detection devices at home could detect any important tests abroad — as devices have been doing, before and since. Wadsworth and Mrs, Pomerance call tliis a "15-year history of suppression of the facts by government officials" showing how "Pentagon policies can defy the objectives of our Presidents, mislead the public and continue an amis race that could ultimately end in world disaster." They hop© this time the White House will overrule the Pentagon and bring about an all-inclusive test ban. So must we all. S OH MY GOD... NOW THERE'S OIL IN THE MERCURY I ' At Wit's End The 'Different' One Bombeck By ERMA BOMBECK Every family's got at least one. The child who will not conform ... the rebel ... the loner ... the renegade ... the one who is different. As a pre-schooler, he's the wiry one with the active thyroid ... the on e who gets locked in rest- * rooms because he stayed, behind to find out where the water went when you | pushed down t h e handle. He's the one who wanders away from home and gets his arm stuck in a piece of construction pipe. He's the one who rejects store- bought toys in favor of taking the registers out and making tunnels out of old oatmeal boxes. He gets more lickings than all the other kids put together. In school, he gets checkmarks for daydreaming, for not being neat, for not working to capacity. It doesn't seem to bother him. In his preoccupation with other things, he is unaware that he drives his family crazy, arriving late for dinner every night . . . wearing his socks and underwear to bed to save time in the mornings . . . cutting the grass only when he needs the money. The older he gets, the less aware he becomes of his odds with the world. There aren't enough weekends for his interests and Ws projects. In the garage is his "pumping heart," which he devised out of plastic sandwich bags, tubing and cake coloring: Cluttering tho bedroom is the re mains of his puppet show with the blanket (curtain) tucked in the top bunk bed. On the table is his latest book (it takes an entire afternoon to write them), entitled "Floyd: The Story of an Insecure Snake With Bad Breath." Parents are awed by genius. They are content with an average child. They are compassionate toard the slow learner. But the child who stands apart and is none of these only puzzles, confuses, and tries their patience. They confess to each other their fears for his future, this child who is unpredictable and not only out-of-step-with the world, but whose feet rarely touch the ground. "What's to become of him?" Some of them, with their insatiable curiosity and hard-headed drive, will beat paths of greatness and discovery, the likes of Winston Churchill and Michelangelo. , Others won't be great at all, b u t with their enthusiasm, imagination, creativity and penchant for living life to its fullest, who is to say they are not the first to touch the stars? So he is accident-prone because he daydreams ... he gets bit by animals because he's foolishly trusting . . . maintains a closet that the insurance company refuses to insure. Look at him closely. He's something special to remind us all that life is a precious gift to be lived to its fullest. And as Henry David Thoreau said, "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears." Dislikes 'Snide' Remarks The article entitled "Chieftains—by Landslide," page 11, Sept. 9, in The News, has incited me to write asking why Trinity High School was once again degraded and humiliated, via the News sports page which seems to exhibit a stale and over-worked prejudice against our athletic program. Trinity lost nine games last year—a record not too much worse than the Hutch Salt Hawk's six losses. And yet no big deal is made over the Salt Hawk's poor showing. While the Celtics are made once again the butt of your sportswriter's "subtle humor," I feel it is very immature for a community newspaper to downgrade one of the three high schools in Hutchinson because its team has had a winless year. Such an attitude can hardly be construed as constructive. Emphasis is being negatively stressed and this is always harmful to both critic and criticized. Trinity has been in existence for six, short years, but every one of these years has produced a team of determined young men who wrenched their way through blistering hot practice sessions and slushy, numbing-cold defeats and victories. This of course is common to any football team. However, Trinity's struggle has been compounded and prolonged by the apathy of tho community, uninspiring publicity, or complete lack of it, and the prejudices against private schools so prevalent in Hutchinson. Yet the team and its supporters have maintained undying faith, good sportsmanship, and a definite school spirit, all of which are praise-worthy. Beginning this new football season, I think the school should be given a chance to prove itself before it is so readily put down and "unanimously" labeled last place with apparent glee and noticeable publicity. In writing this before the outcome of the first game, I can't know the outcome; in reading this you will know the outcome. (Trinity lost 36-0 to Inman). As a result of this game, or in spite of it, I hope that a more understanding and encouraging attitude will be apparent in The News. Trinity and its athletes deserve and need unbiased publicity, but can well do without the snide remarks of a "humorous sports writer" who speculates that our coach may wish himself somewhere else once the season gets underway. — DEBBIE WILDE, senior, 700 14 Terrace. Statement Out of Context Reference is made to the article on page 3 of The Hutchinson News on Sept. 8, titled "H & R Block Accusations Called Minor." In this article, Henry W. Bloch was quoted as saying, "The latest, is a proposed complaint by the Federal Trade Commission r^ardmg several practices which I consider very minor in relationship to our overall business." This statement was taken out of context from Henry W. Bloch's message to shareholders, wherein he actually said, "As to this point, I want to stress as emphatically as possible that long before the FTC's interest in this area, your Company's policy has been and continues to be that the financial data or information contained in a customer's tax return has never been made available to any person (other than the taxpayer himself or pursuant to a court order), nor have we ever sold such data or information." As the local manager of H & R'Block in Hutchinson, I would like to state that the guarantee that Block makes that it will pay the penalty or interest if an error is made on an individual's tax return is a valid one that is adhered to by the Company and' is not in the least, in my opinion, misleading. Next, Block's offer to its customers to accompany them on an audit does not infer that the Block representative is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as the FTC alleges. I know from actual experience that the company does accompany its customers on an audit as a witness and to aid its customers. I deny emphatically that the organization has ever used confidential information of its customers for any purpose. All copies of customer's tax returns in Hutchinson are kept in confidential files and no copies have ever been made or forwarded to anyone including the National Headquarters of Block. These returns are under my personal supervision and I have personal knowledge that they have not been used. In view of my knowledge of the company's practices and policies I am at a loss to understand any basis for the FTC's complaint in this matter. Confidentiality of a customer's tax return has been the very foundation upon which the company has been built. — MRS. HELEN HOLLAND, manager of H & R Block Co., City. Thanks to News He Knows About 'Credibility Gap' Thanks to the Hutchinson News I .how, know what is meant by the "credibility gap." I refer you to your last Wednesday's edition on Sept. 8, 1971. The first 14 pages indicated that day and date but 'lo and behold, page 15, your first page on sports, showed the day and date being Thursday, Sept. 9, 1971. I turned the page over and, sure enough, page 16 said Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1971. So said page 17, page 18 and page 19. Page 20 didn't say that day and date- it read Thursday, Sept. 9,1971, just as plain as the nose on my face. Pages 21 and 22 went back to Wednesday, the 8th. I suspected that your writer had a thing going with the race in the Eastern Division between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. You can't confuse me because my Pirates did not play Tuesday, therefore the extra day in your edition couldn't possibly help St. Louis. Besides, St. Louis split their double header with the Phillies and did not gain even half a game on the idle Pirates. Like I said, I know now what is meant by the credibility gap — but I sure don't understand it! — BURKE M. BRAY, Medicine Lodge, Kansas. ' Looking Backward Ten Years Ago in 1961 Mike Chalfant, Reno County attorney, told fellow county attorneys at a conference that he had received no complaints on civil rights violations because Reno county "has responsible minority group leaders who see their rights are achieved." Fay Brown, long time beer dealer, was back at State Fair helping in the Kiwanis stand after several years of being state sales tax collector. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 Dr. R. E. Hertzler, 76, Horse and Buggy doctor, died at Halstead. Hutchinson's Diamond Pow Wow showed a profit of $10,000-plus with $379* donated to the purchase of a resuscitator, $6000 to Hutchinson hospitals and $3,000 laid by for future Inter-Club projects. Wagon Boss Jay Wooten presented a $100 bond to Fred Henny for all the work he had done. A. A. Smith, Galva, city marshal, quit his job after a shooting as part of his job, saying he would not work for $10 a month. He said he might work at the job for $150 a month and a $10,000 insurance. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Motor cars were losing spare tires on the street that was East A. Two men fought for a seat on a box car overlooking the Hutchinson ball park. Fans watched the battle. Fred Rust, clothier, leased the bank corner at 1st and Main, moving from 17 South Main. The Uncertain Giant Faith in Nation 9 s Institutions Losing Ground By WILLIAM V. SHANNON (C) Now York Times News Service WASHINGTON - The central question which underlies all the specific issues worrying Uic public is how to restore the legitimacy of the nation's institutions. Almost every major institution is snb- ject to some disabling doubt—the presidency's effective capacity for leadership, the realism and priorities of the Supreme Court, the fairness and efficiency of the lesser courts, Congress's sensitivity and integrity, the size, purpose and morale of the military, tho responsiveness and accountability of the civil bureaucracies, the competence of municipal governments to police the streets, run a school system or collect the garbage, and the sheer relevance of tlie states in coping with modem problems. Some of tho doubts and anger about particular Institutions arise from mutually hostile sources. Thus, radicals depict the judiciary as part of a system of repression, while some conservatives denounce tho courts for coddling criminals or arbitrarily mixing the races in schools. But most of the concern expressed in the broad middle range of opinion lias to do with the responsiveness, the competence, the resilience of these public institutions. Can they do what they are supposed to do and do it thoroughly enough or fast enough? Does the "system" work? A dozen years ago, this problem would have seemed quite unreal. As the comparatively tranquil Eisenhower years ended,, there was vague concern about the "national purpose," but the principal question was whether the status quo—as represented by President Nixon—should be continued or whether, in the words of President Kennedy, "We can do better." The danger to Axnerica seemed external from the Communist world and not from any failure in the vitality and effectiveness of its own institutions. Surge of Confidence Kennedy proved lie could enliven the national will. Legislative progress was slow, but the national mood clearly quickened. There was a surge of confidence and a widespread conviction that competent and creative men were conducting the nation's affairs with energy and purpose. The overriding impression of the Kennedy period was of openness to new ideas and new initiatives. During the Johnson years, severely disruptive trends in the nation's politics and culture gathered strength. Some of them had originated earlier. Thus a new generation had produced its own breed of radicals who founded the Students For A Democratic Society. The black power movement would have evolved out of the civil rights revolution no" matter who sat in the White House. But President Johnson, squandering his political credit in Vietnam, proved powerless to combat any of these trends and, by his style of leadership, he inadvertently exacerbated some of them. In fairness, it has to be said that the objective problems with which Johnson tried to cope were large and difficult. Aside from the war, he was trying to reduce poverty, promote the Negro drive for equality, and radically improve health and education programs as well as maintain full employment. Whatever his failing of leadership, • he did not have mean aims. Nevertheless, if Kennedy had lived and had brought to bear his gifts of idealistic inspiration, Ws cool, ironic sophistication, and his sensitivity to nuances of opinion, it is impossible that the 1960s would have developed as they did. As it is, the nation has been debauched by a succession of emotional binges—the campus rebellions, the agony of tine self- destructive uprisings in the blade slums, the pointless violence of the Black Panth ers and the Weathermen, the flight into drugs, and the recurrent, embittered, poisonous quarrel about Vietnam. Decline of Faith Violent deeds have become common and violent words even more so. There has been a decline of faith in lawful procedures, in political compromise, and in mutual tolerance. From various points on the political spectrum Utopian demands are made on the. political parties. Nixon is well aware of this crisis in the nation's institutions and has tried fitfully to mediate it. His admirers give him credit for the subsiding of the violent riois In the black slums and for the new quiet on the campus, but this surface quiescence is more the apathy of the alienated than concurrence of ttw» reconciled). '', / However, Nixon's record on this fundamental problems deserves analysis in a subsequent article. "What is immediately clear is that there can be a rebirth of buoyant faith in the nation's institutions and prospects only if there is visible progress. But America in recent years has been a society barely holding its own and on some problems—unemployment, crime, urban blight—losing ground.
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