The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 27, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 27, 1966
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Mr. Lehigh Did Your Homework ' : The good citizen, in trying to make democracy and politics relevant and ml, usually falls back to awe of the SKB of it all, the complexities of it all , the mysticism of it all. As a conse- qiience, once overwhelmed, he confines tljje exercise of his political influence to voting. Sometimes, he doesn't do that . v . . indeed in America only a few more than half vote. ' But to be an activist, the citizen f Ads he needs to know the law .. . and tlie law escapes even some office-holders. ; Which brings us to today's subject: Mr. Charles. H. Lehigh of El Dorado. Mr. Lehigh is an activist and, like many another Arkansan, has been stirred to action on several political fronts. This November, he will offer himself as a Republican candidate for mayor, which probably marks a politi- ca'l first for that Union County city. ;: Like many of his fellow citizens, Mr. Lehigh agonized over the delayed vote certification which resulted in James Pilkinton being declared a last- minute winner over Joe Basore in the first primary for lieutenant governor. He saw further election anomalies in a state senate race which was (ostensibly) won by nine votes. However, 60 ballots are missing. Mr. Lehigh feels that the contest suit probably will find that these 60 ballots were mistakenly put into a ballot stub box by the voters and therefore were not counted. In the interim, no one really can be sure who Ms state senator might be. ';- Well, enough was quite enough for Mr. Lehigh, a lawyer who doesn't practice in the courts "and I don't have to be as careful about what I say and do us those other fellows (practicing attorneys)." (Mr. Lehigh holds a degree in law but pursues a career as an accountant.) At his own expense he: *Dug Into every resource material he could find on voting machines. *Compiled statistics on how the various machines work and how much they cost. •Researched the law in Arkansas as it applies to voting machines. "Put forth, in concise, lucid English, reasons why voting machines are irfr' *Mailed information to newspapers, ju civic leaders and groups which might " he interested in modernizing Arkansas election procedures. "I guess I spent about $100 on it," Mr. Lehigh confesses, "but there have been some results." Petitions are being circulated in Craighead County. The League of Women Voters in Fort Smith is evincing interest. He's had a call from Chicot County. Mr. Lehigh has done the homework for citizens interested in speedier, better elections. (Monday: How Mr. Lehigh's efforts may be applied locally.) meditations— Live in harmony with one another; do not b« haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.—Romans 12:16. Conceit may puff a man up, but can never prop him up.—John Ruskin, English critic. ^jcy^ir*.,"™"*i jffw 'Iiiv^storl<; ; T>pi>«it.<.n t *»£)• (Fisher-North Little Rock Times) By BOB THOMAS AP Movie-TV Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) - David McC'allum did not i«cm like a man who had just tan (lied for divorce. ' •' ;•..• :'- / He remained calm and not at all bitter, but then, that's tb* type of chap he is: highly unflappable. ;• Concerning the suit by actress Jill Ireland, who Charged extreme mental cruelty, lit commented: .•.--'•'. "If there is anything I have learned about. human relation: ships, it is that there Is folly In trying to apply the'.word blame.: Life is so complex, so governed by a variety of motivations' that it is useless to blame either {party when things go bad." The change of marital status is not-the only- alteration in Me- Callum's life. He has also been having talks with MGM concerning his contractual status. Don't worry, Illya fans, he has 1 no plans to abandon "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." "Oh, I wouldn't give that up," he mused. "After, all, it's a pleasant little game between the studio on one side and Bob Vaughn and me on the other. "The purpose of the game Is to see how long the two of us can survive. Last month I destroyed my rib cage (it was injured in a fall into a -cement barrel) and last week Bob lost a hand (burned when he grasped an exhaust pipe)." But .while McCallum concedes that he enjoys this "game," h« has his own ideas about how 11 should be played. This has been the subject of his negotiation* with MOM. ','•:: •'., ' * ..•*•' * ;.. "I wanted to clarify certain matters," he explained. "One of them concerns my relations with "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.' The studio wanted me to be in the new series every now and then,,but I had some reluctance about.overdoing the U.N.C.L.E. identification, "We came to an agreement that I would have script approval on "The . Girl from U.N.UL.E." So far I haven't .been asked to do one, and I frankly would .be happy to wait and see what the public accept-, ance is." IS Years 4go -In Blytheville The first bale of cotton ginned in. BlyKieville this' season; was turned out'by the Red Top' Gin yesterday.. . E r b y Ledbetter brought in the:c6tton. Retail sales in Mississippi County during 1950 ranked third in the state ' of Arkansas,' a market survey prepared by the Wallace Witmer Co. and based on the 1950 census figures revealed today. Total retail sales for the county amounted to *50,754,000. Charles (Ruff) Lutes left Sunday for the University of Arkansas. tan. n. „„„„ • .„ mam mam n mamm maummm i m • iMB*MiwMMii n • mm i m Mm uouwn i mamm MBH •••it mm m i mm mum mini • r-Strictlv a Matter of Opinion— J Pine Bluff Commercial Frank Holt's congratulatory telegram to the man who beat him sounded as though it might have come packed in ice: "My sincere congratulations on your successful campaign." . If Napoleon BOnaparte had remembered to send a wire to the Duke of Wellington after Waterloo it might have been equally enthusiastic. Jim Johnson, winner that he was, relied at positively Hubert Humphreyian length: Your gracious telegraphic message is appreciated from the bottom of my heart. Please join with me and all the other Democrats of Arkansas in an all-out effort for a Democratic tance and counsel and suges- tipns. Compliments will be as numerous at the convention a s scandals in the Faubus administration. The Democratic nominee for the U. S. Government recently stated that, if we would farm the Mississippi Valley intensively, we could feed the population of the world now and in I'he foreseeable future. Such potential production of farm products Certainly weighs heavily in our favor as a power, in relationship with the rest of the world. tor in our overall economy, (3) Missouri Herald Hayti, Mo. No one acquainted with the facts questions the great impor- victory in Arkansas in Novem-1 wasn>t a bad sort at a11 - ber. I need your invaluable assistance and welcome your coun. sel and suggestions. Please also be assured of my kindest personal regards and bet wishes for you and your entire family. Nothing quite as invaluable, we. suppose, as assistance and counsel and suggestions from — to 'quote only one of the niceties Jim Johnson made use of to describe his opponent in the Democratic Primary—A PLEASANT Vegetable. governor no doubl will welcome j So, to put it in a cotton boll, the support of, to quote his own j the importance and y a 1 u e of terminology, the Tied Trio, the American agriculture -(1) as Specs Peddler, the Old Quis-| a source of essential products ling, and their Coterie of Spoils- f or us and others, (2) as a fac- men.- They all can be expected to pledge their support to a candidate whose virtues they used to describe in colorful language. We can picture Napoleon saying, with equal gra<™ and credibility, that the Duke really as . a factor of the free enter- This is but the foretaste, we suppose, of an orgy of party unity that awaits Arkansas at the Democratic state convention, when the Bonapartes and prise system, and (4) as a bulwark of strength in the free world — can be characterized as a giant of preponderent strength which no amount of doom and gloom philosophy can overcome. So why not conserve it and j foster it and use it to the great- jest value of the American people and the peoples of the free world? tance of American agriculture tn HIP wpll-heinff nf our nation. ' DlimOS Clarion to the well-being of our nation. With the assignment of providing the daily needs of food and fiber for 200 million people, agriculture must be recognized as the most important business in our country. American agriculture has no competitor. Each morning there are 6,000 more youngsters to feed on the basis of the present birthrate — and what that fig- In all its ramifications, (fce switch) of the vote in the lieutenant governor's race in the Democratic preferential primary ranks as a colossal blunder. If Arkansans aren't now convinced that the state MUST have voting machines, they can only expect such errors as a matter of course. Wellingtons will fling their arms ] ure will about, each other and speak.— •>""!""<"'< the losers briefly, the winners at'.length — about the need for each others' invaluable assis- be in 1975 or Blytheville (Ark.) 'Jourier News -Saturday, August 27, 1966 Page Four IRE KLYTHFV'll.LE COURIER NEWS : THE COURIEh NWVS CO. H. W. BAINES. PUBLISHES HARRY A. HAINF.S .. Assistant .'ubllsUer-Editoi PAUL D. HUMAN Advertising Managat Ante National Advertising :; Representative. Wallace WHmer Co. Mew York, Chicago. Detroit Atlanta. Memphlt 4 Second-class postage paid at BlytheTlUe Ark Member of the Associated fr» SUBSCRIPTION RATES B; carrier In the city ol BlTtk*. flUe or any suburban town where eafftor service Is maintained S5fi pel week 11.50 per month. 8} mall within a radius ot mUcL, $8.00 per rear 15 00 for sll months, S3.UO for three months, by •Mil, outside 50 mile radltii *II.IP per. year payable ID advance. Mail snburlpUoni are not accopt- •i*., In towu and cities when The Courier News currier service b maUtalaed Mall snbfcrtpttiBJ an pariM* in advance. » ?•««•» "MP MBMW no 1 rotpoanbllltj (w phetdtraphf mttMcrlpts. «n*Tl«t> m mm left wltk M for nnnMhlt publication anybody's guess. So, American agriculture's market he r e at !iome is assured and it is growing daily. The fact that our food supply is coming from fewer farms now as compared to the past doesn't diminish the importance of our farms or the people who operate them. Actually their importance is gaged by the need for farm products which in effect is the number of customers they must accommodate. And on this basis, the importance of our farms increases daily. This, of course, is based on our peacetime requirements sf farm products and does not reflect greatly increased load which would be placed on our farms in the event of in emergency. Financially, agriculture is also America's largest single industry. The value of the farm plant — more than 210 billion dollars — exceeds the plant val u« of any other industry in this country. And gross total farm income — more than 40 billion dollars annually — exceeds the ricome of any other industry on tlw American scene. Moreover, the total produc- lon potential Of American agriculture has never really been ttittd. A former top wfficial of In fairness, it is true that Sie July 26 ballot was complicated, with so many candidates in races. It was tedious to tally. A veteran election worker Who has tallied county returns for 20 years says that it was the most difficult he had ever handled. But this is no excuse; for the mistake made. Election commissions should check and re-check their returns. It merely points out the great need for voting machines to establish a fast and accurate counl. In the July 26 primary, the returns were not completely tallied until Saturday — four full days after.the election (It took Pulaski County two full days to get the vote counted.) That first tally put Claude Carpenter and Joe Basore into the lieutenant govrnor's race with Basore nudging oul James Pilkinton by less t'han 700 votes. Then on Friday, 9 days' after the first election and only four .before the runoff primary, the Democratic State Committee announced that an error had been made. There was a 1,000-vote mistake in the returns from Clark County for Pilkinton and this vaulted him inlo the runoff ahead of Basore. Consider then the consternation of the candidates and these complications: Basore had spent considerable money and time working in the runoff. Pilkinlon had no opportunity "Don't I Aovc enough fa woi/y about \ , ou bugging a» ofcout calorics?" to present his candidacy until] four scant days before election.' Absentee ballots with Basore's name had already been distri- bted and returned to county clerk's offices. In almost al! of the counties, all ballots had to be reprinted at great total expense. : But of all the ramifications, none was so serious as what happens to the absentee ballots. Any person who cast one of these improperly - printed ballots has a valid case in court to have his ballot counted. Election officials have been instrucl- ed to disregard the incorrect Carpenler - Basore pairing on absentee ballots — and if some effort is not made to let the people who voted absentee recast their ballots, then they are being disenfranchised. Certainly, every citizen has the right to have his ballot tabulated — regardless of whom has won the election a n d by what margin. All sorts of hanky-panky has been charged. Governor Faubus has been criticized by Candidates Basore . and Pilkinton who termed 'Claude Carpenter as one of Faubus' "lackey boys," Carpenter in turn has directed some charges of his own at Basore and Pilkinlon. The Republicans, who sland lo gain much from the mess, have expressed some.choice opinions. The volers with whom the Clarion editor has talked have been indignant over the error and the poor system of counting the vote in the primary elections. As deplorable as this error is, it may'shake Arkansans out of their apathy enough to demand primary election reforms. Quick and accurate returns are possible through voting machines. In a recent congressional election in North Carolina, the vote was tabulated for the entire state in four hours. Missouri Weekly This newspaper recently commented on the p r o b 1 e m s of Southeast.Missouri's, industrial development programs, noting that one of the obstacles was the lack of an' adequately - financed Missouri Division of Commerce and Industrial Development. We noted, in editorial comment, that Missouri's industrial development section was inadequately financed and understaffed, due primarily to lack of adequate appropriations from the Missouri General Assembly. We further noted that Missouri's efforts, in comparison to the budgels and staffs of'other. .slates, were relatively insigni- Scant. The editorial comment — and| its recommendations that an attempt be made to secure larger financing for this important state agency — caught the attention of Governor Warren E. Hearnes, Who immediately asked the director of'the state unit for a comparison of industrial budgets. Governor Hearnes has been kind enough to supply us with this comparison, as prepared by AdvanceMonticellonian It's interesting to note that the Arkansas Game ; and Fish Commission is going to. build another recreational lake with Federal help on the Arkansas- Louisiana state line.near El Dorado.. This was .headlined as Southeast Arkansas lake. That's fine. But we still don't have a recreational. lake in Southeast UI1O LUIIIUmiouu, ao uic^aicu uy . Henry Maddox, the director of Arkansas. Desha, Drew, Lincon the state division. Here is a three - state comparison, which perhaps illustrates better than anything .why other Mid-South states are outstripping Missouri in new industrial locations: Arkansas — Industrial Development Commission receives an appropriation of $485,000 and employs a staff of 28 persons. The commission is involved in no other work except industrial development. For purposes of cornparision, Missour's indus- and Bradley Counties could still use such a lake. Of course. Bradley will be near the new lake being planned on the Qua- chita River, but that happens to be a good sized drive for Drew, Desha and Lincoln County sportsmen. Yes, there's Lake Chicot or what's left of it. What we need is a good fishing and recreational lake' right here in Drew County, Such a project isn't just an outlet for local sportsmen ... it has been prov- trial development budget for en over and over as the top " tourist attraction going in this day and time. The Northwest, North Central and Western Ar- the current year is $161,955, and our industrial bureau employs seven persons. Under a separate state- agency, Arkansas spends $316,000 for tourist promotion as compared to $192>270 : in Missouri. Tennessee — The Division of Industrial Development receives an appropriation of ?580,000 and employs a staff of 42 persons. This agency has no other function except industrial promotion. Tennessee spends $150,000 for industrial advertising; Missouri spends $80,000. Kentucky - The Department of Commerce receives an appropriation of $2,707,000 and employs a total staff of 135 persons. Their Industrial Section spends $1,005,000, which includes $305,000 for advertising, and has a staff of 26 persons. In Kentucky, tourist promotion is a separate agency, with a budget of $778,000. This newspaper's contention that Missouri's industrial development efforts are too small in comparison to other states is more than borne out in the statements furnished the Governor by Maddox. Indeed, the state of Kentucky is spending more than twice Missouri's total industrial budget for advertising along. The truth is this state's industrial efforts are too small, too late, too weak — a condition that can only be overcome by adequate financing by the legislature. If Misourians wish more jobs, more steady employment, more payrolls, then we must be prepared to compete with our sister states by enlarging our Division of Commerce. We cannot expect to attract new, industry to the state and to Southeast Missouri until this occurs. We are hopeful Boothcel legislator* will lead an effort to kansas lakes provide the sam«. type boost to the economy theri that a large Industry does, good balance of agriculture, Industry and timber .., and. a steady growth can be evidenced by this fact: We still are 'Without a suitable recreational outlet such as a lake which can bring tourist dollars to our county and provide a long needed balance to our workplay society. A project such as (hit has gone begging In Southeast Arkansas for a long, long time. We've have jelled something really to go to work on. Bennie heard various proposals and ideas'but no one seems to have jelled something to really go to work on Bennie Ryburn, Jr., the new Drew County Representative has promised to do something about the situation..We should look to him to keep this promise and give him all the help we can In bringing about the establishment of such a recreationalares. Arkansas Baptist tee on Constitutional' Amend- 'ments, .D.r. Carlson pointed out Senator Everett' M. Dirksenj_th a t the Dirkscn amendment, is (R., 111.) and 47 co-sponsoring an extension, of'.public powers fellow .U.. S. senators, are pro- ( "to provide for" or .."permit" posing the following as an certain activities in relation to amendment to the Constitution' prayer. He emphasized that the of me Constitution of the Uftited j "authorities" specified in t h e Slates: ! proposal included not o:ily "Nothing contained in this school authorities but also thne Constitution shall prohibit the who administer "park buT'.'ir'j, authority administering any post offices, public o'ftce bUii'J- school. school system, cduca- ings, court houses, etc." tional institution or other public All of these "autiwiUas" are funds from providing for or per- ( 0 be protected against a ly pro- milting the voluntary participa-1 hibitions on certain specifiol ac- by prayer. students or others Nothing contained m j lions that pertain to p.-aycr, Dr. in, Carlson said. This stands in this article shall authorize any! sharp contrast, he said, to tiie such authority to prescribe the form or content of any prayer." At first reading, one may find history of the Baptist movement which "has carried a protest against the usa ot the powers of nothing especially objectionable i government for the imposition of .about the Dirksen proposal. It religious ideas or religious prac- cerlainly is not in convlict with tices." He attacked giving pow- the rulings of the U. S. Supreme i er to pubic .authority to "pro- and Bible reading in publicjvide for" and "permit" prayer, SChOOlS. But. the Vast majority ' "Tlio lorm 'nmvirllna fnr 1 io sr of religious leaders across the nation oppose it. Dr. C. Emanuel Carlson, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, acting on the authority of resolutions from the Southern Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Convention and tliej Baptist Joint Committee, has expressed vigorous opposition to the proposed amendment. Dr. Carlson has also insisted that the First. Amendment is adequate in protecting the religious freedoms of the people. Appearing recently before the Senate Judiciary Sub • commit- accomplish this In th* monthr, ahead. The term 'providing for' is so broad," he said, "as to be almost limitless in the scope of actions covered. It could nv.:an simply assigning a room to a group for a meeting, but it could also mean building a chapel and naming and paying a leadership for the activity." We heartily agree with Dr.. Carlson, who concluded that "the right to pray belongs to the people and government has no right to 'permit' or to deny the privilege. A permit sya;jm operates not only to Afford on- porunity for an activity but also to regulate it," lie said. '.'fm. the' best interest'of the people of our democracy', I'm, Dirkson amendment should b< voted down.

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