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Editorial Little Las Vegas? It may come as a delightful surprise to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce to hear its town tabbed as "a little Las Vegas." You work for publicity for years, and seldom equal that sort of accolade. Inasmuch as this description came from the High Sheriff of Kansas Himself, one must accept it as reasonably accurate. And judging from the haul of slot machines, chips, dice, punch boards and assorted symbols of sin that Vern Miller carted away from Barton County, the Little Las Vegas tag has a certain pertinency. Kansans may wonder who's minding the store while the Attorney-General busts around the state, and it is an interesting question to inquire how well the state is being served with the boss out of town so often. But Kansans also will cheer this raid on at least two counts: 1. It was a refreshing departure from the 5 a.m. door knocks on the rooms of young people, visits which so far have netted tons of headlines and only tiny grains of dope and no convictions for any serious drug- pushing. It was time Vern paid a call on The Establishment. 2. It demonstrated that the private club is not the hallowed hall that many Kansans, including legislators, have tried to make it. It does appear members of private clubs are subject to laws, just as non - members, and that is almost in the light of Revelation in Kansas. Vem, of course, is following the course charted by Ed Arn, who as Attorney - General raised thunder about bootleggers, about drinking in and out of private clubs, and about sin in general. He didn't wield many axes himself, but he succeeded in drying up the state, brought on repeal, and got himself elected Governor. All this may not be the principal function of an Attorney - General, but it has its uses. Including the political one. Mr. President, you have to be rebriefed ... our China intelligence chief suspects Mao has just died! Sorry, Dick, you'll have to be briefed again ... now our China intelligence chief is sure it was Piao who died. Hutchinson News Tuesday, October 5, 1971 Page 4 the vieiv from here by s.a. Committee Crazy Sorry again. Dick, but now our China intelligence Chief believes it was Chou who just died! Forgive me, Dick, but our China intelligence chief's latest briefing shows that it was both Mao and Piao who died! Here's the final briefing, Dick... now we think it was our China intelligent chief who actually died... To be certain, we're now contacting Mao, Chou, Piao, our China intelligence chief or who's ever alive so we can verify this.- How Much Blood? Dr. Karl Menninger warned a couple of years ago that the next tragic outbreak of domestic violence would come in the nation's prisons. Nobody much listened to him. At least, nobody in a position to do anything about it. Dr. Menninger is back warning now that the real tragedy of Attica prison is that it will spread violence. Nobody much will pay attention to that, either. Instead, we will be too busy buying more guns and hiring more guards to keep the animals in their cages. PRISONjg This reaction, Dr. Menninger notes, only causes the "hate level" to rise. Life at Attica, as in other prisons, leads to violence, the psychiatrist said. You don't de-humanize, humiliate, and beat prisoners, deny them such simple things as adequate toil­ et paper, and then expect them to be rehabilitated. "There are intelligent, scientific ways to detain people without dehumanizing them," Dr. Menninger noted. "The law doesn't say torture. It says detain." The result is not only violence within the walls, but more crime outside the walls as prisoners come out prepared only for revenge or for more wrong-doing. "And bear in mind these people were put there to change for the better," he said. Few will listen. They will read the headlines and watch the films of more revolt in more prisons, and will demand more blood to stop such violence. The only question is, how mu c h blood does it take to persuade us to listen to such advice as that from our psychiatrist? The Spectator Sport Give thanks for small favors. The Olympics aren't until next year. What we have now are the baseball play-offs, to be followed soon by the World Series. Conference football every Saturday. Pro football Sundays and Monday nights. Exhibition probasketball. Assorted golf tournaments. It's a load. Next year at the same time, we also will have the Olympics from Munich. A whole year to get in training for that. A fascinating tale of political ingenuity unwound in Washington last week. It was so involved that many readers and TV watchers didn't track it and, in truth, no one knows all the twists. But let's try a rehash. The story began late last winter, when the Department of Agriculture declined to raise milk support prices. Sen. Bob Dole, the GOP national chairman, and others protested. The USDA suddenly discovered it had erred in its calculations, and that the dairy producers were entitled to more money. Between then and now, the dairy organizations have dropped at least $85,000, in the Nixon campaign treasury, and have raised a total of at least $170,000 for political purposes from dairy farmers. BUT NOT directly. The money has come by way of a flock of dummy committees, usually giving $2,500 each. The committees have a common purpose, the reelection of President Nixon, but they have a wide variety of noble names. There is the "Organization of Community Volunteers," with an address of I an investment broker in' Bethesda, Md., who says he never heard of the outfit, tribution was made in the name and went directly to the bank. Then there is the Americans Organized for Political Stability, listed at the home of a Washington lawyer, who likewise never heard of it. This committee got $2,500 from The Trust for Agricultural Pol- Dole A $2,500 con- committee's Finding the Guilty Parties He Was Only Following Orders Buchwald By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON — If you were looking for scapegoats for the downfall of the American economy, they would be easy to find. Most of the guilty parties reside right in this country and formerly worked for the Marshall Plan and other foreign-aid organizations. I wouldn't be surprised if a new Joe McCarthy came out of the woodwork and held Senate hearings to identify the culprits who have made the American balance of payments the worst in American history. The hearings might go like this: "Mr. Hardeman, would you please tell us for whom you worked in 1948, 1949 and 1950?" "I was employed by the U.S. government to act as technical adviser to the West Germans on automobile production, sir." "And what did you advise the West Germans to do?" "I told them to start fresh with new factories and new machinery. I said that the only way they could expect to compete with American automobiles was to build a small, inexpensive car that would appeal to young people and Americans who were looking for a second car." "Did you realize at the time you were destroying the American automobile industry?" Truman's Idea "I was only following orders, sir. At that time we were supposed to put Germany back on her feet. It was Harry Truman's idea." "A likely story, Hardeman. The truth is that, thanks to your technical advice, the United States is losing a billion dollars a year to imports." "But building up West Germany was our way of fighting communism!'' "And destroying the American dollar. Get out of here! You disgust me ... I will now call William Kotweiler. Mr. Kot- weiler, it says here in your folder that after World War II you were sent by the American government to Japan to act as a sales consultant to the Japanese camera industry." "Yes sir. Gen. MacArthur asked for me personally." "Don't bring that great American's name into this hearing. It also says that you told the Japanese the best way to sell their cameras in the United States was to make a better product than the Americans and sell it for less. Do you deny this?" 'I probably did tell them that. You see "We don't want explanations, Kotweiler. Charges LBJ in His Memoirs Nixon Had Unfair 'Vantage Point' Over Humphrey By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON—Lyndon Johnson charges in his forthcoming memoirs that Richard Nixon's allies insured Hubert Humphrey's 1968 presidential defeat by : secretly persuading the Saigon government to stay I away from the Paris peace ; talks. The former President's : memoirs, entitled "The Vantage Point," are being kept under tight wraps. But we can quote the highlights. Here, for example, is how Johnson describes the GOP - Saigon skulduggery: Anderson "People who claimed to speak for the Nixon camp began encouraging Saigon to stay away from Paris and promising that Nixon, if elected, would inaugurate a policy more to Saigon's liking. Those efforts paid off. "On November 1, after previously indicating that they would go to the Paris peace talks, the South Vietnamese leaders decided not to participate. That, I am convinced, cost Hubert Humphrey the presidency, especially since a shift of only a few hundred thousand votes would have made him the winner. "I am certain the outcome would have been different if the Paris peace talks had been in progress on Election day." LBJ Rates Nixon Despite this, Johnson is surprisinigly kind In his appraisal of Richard Nixon. "I never shared the intense dislike of Richard Nixon felt by many of my fellow Democrats ... I considered him a much-maligned and misunderstood man. I looked upon Nixon as a tough, unyielding partisan and a shrewd politician, but always a man trying to do the best for his country.. . ." Richard Nixon Hubert Humphrey Lyndon Johnson But the former President believes he could have beaten Nixon "I am convinced that if I had run again I would have been reelected. The last polls taken in February or March, before I announced I would not run, indicated I could have defeated Richard Nixon with or without George Wallace in the running. . . . (This) reflects the fact that the American people do not casually turn an incumbent President out of office." According to the memoirs, President Johnson's decision not to seek reelection was made long before Sen. McCarthy's stunningly strong showing in the 1968 New HRtnoshire primary. To back up his point, the President lists a number of newle—ranging from Vice President Humphrey to friendly news columnist Bill White — whom he privately informed of the decision. After he told Humphrey of the decision, Johnson reports: "As we shook hands and said goodly, he told me that he hoped to God I wouldn't go through with it." Both Lady Bird Johnson and the President's two daughters favored the decision. Still, daughters Lynda and Luci wept when informed of it, and Lynda said "as a citizen" she wished he would run again. Mrs. Johnson, the former President writes, was one of his principal advisors and strongest influences. Johnson says he had made a decision in 1964 that he would not seek a full term but Lady Bird pressed him to change his mind. Lady Bird's Advice The book includes a verbatim reprint of a memo the First Lady wrote her husband in 1964, listing reasons he should not retire to his ranch on the Perdenales River in Texas. One of the reasons: "You may drink too much for lack of a higher calling." Although Johnson says it didn't affect his course, he concedes he was taken by surprise by McCarthy's 19G8 showing in Nsw Hampshire. "I must admit," he says, "that the results of the New Hampshire primary surprised me. I wa9 not expecting a landslide. I had not spent a single day campaigning in New Hampshire and my name was not even on the ballot. "And the fact that I received more votes, as a write-in candidate than Senator McCarthy — 49.5 per cent as against 42.4 per cent—seems to have been overlooked or forgotten. "Still I think most people were surprised that Senator McCarthy rolled up the vote he did. I was much less surprised when Bcbby Kennedy announced his candidacy four days later. I had been expecting it." Despite this rather acid reference to Bobby Kennedy's leap into the waters already tested by McCarthy, President Johnson takes elaborate pains to show that his relationship with Kennedy was cordial, not bitter as many believe. LBJ-Kennedy Relationship The book contains a full record of a meeting between Johnson and Kennedy shortly after the latter got into the presidential race. The record is based on notes taken by Walt Rostow and Charles Murphy, LBJ advisers. "People try to divide us and we both suffer from it," the President is quoted as saying. "I feel not bitterness or vindictiveness." Kennedy is quoted as telling the President that bis withdrawal speech was "magnificent," and saying as the meeting ended, "You are a brave and dedicated man." It was the last meeting between the two before Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles. How could an American tell the Japanese to undersell the Americans?" "I guess I got carried away. Besides, who would have ever thought the Japanese could do it?" "May the good Lord have mercy on you. I'm holding you over for contempt ... I will now call Bartholomew Wainright. Wainright, it says here you taught the Italians how to make shoes." "That's not true, sir. The Italiaas knew how to make shoes. All I did was show them how to make the right shoe and the left shoe the same size. Up until then they rarely matched." Traitor to Industry "And now, thanks to your deceit and espionage, 10 million people in this country are walking around in Italian shoes." "But, Senator, if we hadn't taught the Italians how to make shoes for export, the Russians were going to do it. How did I know at the time that the Italians would make a good shoe?" "You are a traitor to the American shoe industry, and if I have anything to say about it, I will see that you never work as long as you live ... "Gentlemen, I have here in my hand a list of 5,000 State Department and. U.S. foreign aid employes all who have contributed to the downfall of the American dollar. They taught the French how to make fabrics, the Dutch how to make butter, the Belgians how to make lace and the Hong Kong Chinese how to make everything. I am turning this list over to the Justice Department for immediate action." As two federal marshals carry Wainright out of the hearing room, tears streaming down his face, he keeps trying, "But I was only following orders." Strictly Personal itical Education, or TAPE, of San Antonio, Tex. • • • OTHER $2,500 donations were in the name of the League for Concerted Action, the Association of Political Activists, the Organization of Moderate Americans, for Concerted Action, the League of Dedicated Voters, the Committee for a Better Nation, and Americans for a Sensible Agricultural Policy. One committee is the Americans United for Better Leadership, whose address is a Washington ballroom and night club. So far, more than 50 such committees have been identified on the political report rolls. • • • LAST Mar. 23, the dairy spokesmen met with Mr. Nixon. The following day, SPACE (the Trust for Special Political Agricultural Community Education, an outlet of Dairymen, Inc.) gave $25,000 to several GOP committees. The day after that, Secretary Hardin announced a price support increase of 27 cents per hundredweight. On April 5, ADEPT (Agricultural and Dairy Educational Political Trust, an arm of Mid-America Dairyman, Inc.) handed over $45,000 (o nine Republican Groups, ranging from the National Committee to congressional campaign funds. On May 7, SPACE kicked in anolher $5,000 to the GOP's '72 Kickoff Dinner committee. • * * THE DAIRY spokesman say there is no connection between the price support raise and the multitude of committees bearing campaign gifts, Sen. Dole was on CBS- News to report there was no "quid pro quo" between government action and dairy money for the Republican committees. Further, officials of both parties are claiming that there is nothing illegal about dummy committees, despite the obvious fact their only purpose can be to cloud the issue on campaign contributions and the limits of such spending. Still, it's an ingenious way to go about it. The U.S. always has been known as a nation of committees. This must be simply a political refinement of our natural instincts. Looking Backward Ten Years Ago in 1961 East and West Germans staged a fight at the new Berlin wall after two East refugees had been caught. The gun fighting continued two days. Airlines reported too many planes, not enough customers. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 The mayor and police chief of Leavenworth and nine other men were indie ted by the federal grand jury for bringing in non-paid tax liquor from other states. Wichita men also were indicted after officers reported 70 truckloads of whiskey being brought in. Thousands of persons had visited Greensburg's largest hand dug well. Cafe ceiling prices wore upped with meat rising 15 percent. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 National Kiwanians urged employers hire one extra man, thus bringing the nation out of its employment troubles. Sam Sidlinger, Convention Hall custodian, said fewer big shows were booked this winter. A man entered grocery stores, said ho represented a pancake flour company, said the flour was spoiled. He paid storekeepers only token money and took the flour away, the flour was not spoiled and the man was not employed by the company. Pushy Establishment By SYDNEY J. HARRIS So you don't care for "hippies"? Well, that's your privilege. You don't like kids who mock the Establishment and thumb their dirty noses at the old-fashioned, ail- American virtues. O.K. then. In that case, you must like boys who play baseball, and take it seriously. Even more, boys who play on teams sponsored by the American Legion. How much more home-grown, old-fashioned, and all-American can you get? Harris But wait a minute. Something's wrong here. The picture's out of focus. At least in Orlando, Florida, where a 14-man teen-age baseball squad voted to forfeit its remaining games in an American Legion tournament rather than cut the hair and shave the beards from eight of its members. The tournament director, inspecting the players as they stood at attention for pre- game ceremonies, refused to let the Orlando team play in the second round until eight of the players got haircuts or sideburn trims. The boys — all high school seniors — turned him down, and were supported by their coach, who pointed out disgustedly that the tournament director himself "has a big moustache under his nose." How stupid can the Establishment get? The current fetish for long hair is a sign of "belonging" to modern youth, a symbol of being "with it," and nothing more. Hair long ago ceased having any political or social or sexual significance on the youth scene; even the squarest of squares are wearing their tresses far longer than they did a half-dozen years ago. This example, trivial as it is, nevertheless has importance in indicating how Establishments invariably drive people into the camp of the "enemy" by pushing their own conformity to a dangerous and idiotic excess. Boys who play baseball for the American Legion belong in the same category as apple pie and milk; they are about as threatening to the stability of the nation as a plastic water -pistol. Yet, by demanding that these rosy-cheeked athletes trim their hair to some arbitrary length, the guardians of our national manners and morals simply disenchant such lads and drive them into common company with other dissidents. By invoking such senseless rulings, the adult powers prove to the apolitical youths that the activists have a real point in opposing the dead weight of the Establishment. More converts to a faith are recruited by the blind stubborness of authority than the siren song of revolutionaries— a lesson Czars never learn until they are deposed.

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