Editorial With Honor Si- Rep. Richard H. Poff has removed himself as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court. The Virginia Republican said his decision traced largely to his feelings that if nominated the Senate confirmation process "would be protracted and controversial" and would be nationally divisive. Poff has drawn public fire from civil rights leaders critical of his voting record. He had signed the so-call ed Southern Manifesto opposing racial integration of public schools. Rep. Gerald Ford, House Republican leader, called Poff s decision "sad and shocking." Vice President Spiro Agnew voiced the same displeasure. What truly is sad and shocking is that they did not applaud Rep. Poff for his courage and statesmanship. There has never been a time in history when it was more crucial that the highest court in the land is above suspicion, petty party politics and divisive thinking. Back to the Wells Again Every three weeks or so the past five months, some reporter discovered that Bob Wells would rather be Governor of Kansas than a Federal Communications Commissioner. So we got another dope story ("dope" is used deliberately) that Wells is resigning, has resigned, or is thinking about resigning and coming home to Kansas. The story usually quotes "informed sources" or, as in the UPI case last weekend, "an unidentified group of supporters." Wells' reply to all this has been consistent since April, although understandably of late it has been a bit exasperated. He has thought about resigning, and is thinking about it, but it simply hasn't happened. And if he does resign, it still isn't a conclusion that he will campaign for Governor. As a matter of protocol, the announcement — if any — probably will come from the White House anyway. Let's leave it that way — at least through October. Let's agree that the only "informed source" in this case is the Commissioner himself, and that the first person he will "inform" is the President, who is not an anonymous source. Special Welfare Session State Sen. Jack Janssen, D-Lyons, a farmer - contractor, has built a solid reputation at the Statehouse for looking ahead. It was Janssen who first introduced a resolution to try to secure the 18- year-old vote for Kansas. He did it long ago, at a time when that issue was still just a gleam. His colleagues gave him a razzing for that. Democratic Gov. Robert Docking didn't even offer him any lip service for help at the time. Now comes Janssen to ask for a special session of the Legislature to restore the drastic cuts made in the welfare recipients' checks this year. He says it is going to be a long, the view from here hard winter before the 1972 session gets underway. He says the time to restore the cuts is now. He notes that it costs $12,000 a day for a special session, but he has asked Docking to convene a meeting of legislative leaders to work out a swift way to get the job done. Such a meeting would cost nothing, it should be called. If a special session is limited to, say, three days, the $36,000 it would cost taxpayers to provide the machinery would be a small price to pay for doing what is right and what is humane. Janssen is looking ahead again and what he sees is ugly. by s,a. Politicians, and People Gamer Shriver is not known as a standup comic, but some of his sit-down performances are good for a chuckle. Such as his observation in a recent newsletter announcing his support of the Constitutional amendment tor equal protection to women. "Women have made great progress on the road to equality," he noted. In the field of government, there is one woman serving today in the U.S. Senate. . .There are 12 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Increased attention is being given by the Nixon adminstration to placing women in other high positions in government. "You may ask in view of this progress in the field of women's rights why it is necessary for Congress to submit a constitutional amendment to the States?" • • * YOU MAY ask indeed. Margaret Chase Smith against 99 male senators should be enough equality, not to mention 12 Congresswomen against 423 Congressmen. Of course, we must admit our Congressman is a bit late. Gloria Steinem has been going around bragging about this sort of "progress" for weeks now. * • • ONE MIGHT be a bit more sympathetic with the indignities inflicted on the various lodges at Great Bend by our Attorney- GenWal, if so many of them had not been so vociferous in recent years about the need for "law and order." • • • MARTHA MITCHELL is on another caper, this one a letter she wrote to 250,- Martha pitalized GIs. "I hope you'll leave your fur piece at home." 000 people asking support for a fund drive sponsored by the Young Americans for Freedom. This letter went out three weeks after the YAF convention thumbed its nose at !President Nixon, who is ?John Mitchell's boss, and | started a $750,000 drive to j support a conservative challenge to Nixon's reelection. The YAF said it thinks Spiro should be President, not Richard. Not only that. The campaign Martha asked money for is to finance "appreciation kits" for hos- In these kits, distributed by YAF, go such anti-Nixon publications as Human Events, Battle Line, New Guard, and National Review. These publications are warring with the President's welfare reform package, his proposed trip to China, and currently, his 90-day wage- price freeze. Martha's a doll, all right. With friends like her, Mr. Nixon must sigh, who needs Hubert Humphrey? • • • FIGURE THESE: —Current airline quotes say that next February you can fly from New York to London for $190. That's 3,456 miles. But to fly from New York to Los Angeles it will cost $245. That's 2,586 miles, or 870 miles less travel. —It costs $214 to fly from Minneapolis to Miaini. But if you go on Friday and return within four days, it costs only $107. -^-On that NY-LA run, a wife can go along for $99, if her husband pays the full $245 fare—and if they both stay only four days. If you don't fly discount these days, you probably are on an expense account. • • • TSK, TSK, Time. Time Magazine, in reporting the Attica rebellion, printed a poem it said had circulated in the prison, that was written by "an unknown prisoner, crude but touching. . ." It went: "If we must die, let it not be like hogs, hunted and penned in an unglorious spot, while round us bark the mad and hungry dogs. making their mock at our accursed lot." Unknown, maybe, but not a prisoner. The poet was Claude McKay, a black leader of the Harlem Renaissance. It was read by Winston Churchill to Parliament, early in World War II. Churchill also recited it to a joint session of Congress when he was trying to get us to help. 'Question of Madness' Just Who's Looney Now? The Kept or the Keeper? By C. L. SULZBERGER (C) New York Times News Service SPETSAIS, Greece— The embourgeoise ment of a soviety is regarded by many contemporary political observers as a precondition for that society's liberalization. This view is often adduced with respect to the Soviet Union and, more recently, Cliina. Yet it remains to be proven that embourgeoise ment in the sense of spreading wealth and opportunity among increasing numbers of a nation's population produces eased tensions and more tolerance. The United States has shown in recent years' . . that this phenomenon can Sulzberger in fact promote uneasiness and rigidity. 'Successful Conclusion A newly published book allows one to test some aspects of the embourgeoisement theory with reference to Russia. The book, "A Question of Madness," was written by Soviet biologist Zhores Medvedev and his brother Roy and was translated into English on this little Greek island by Ellen de Kadt. Zhores Medvedev is a bold opponent of state interference in Soviet science. As a consequence, after a series of quarrels with the authorities, he was forcibly committed to an insane asylum last year. He was released after a storm of protests both abroad and by distinguished Russian intellectuals at home, including the famous author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In this sense, embourgeoisement and the post-Stalin thaw were reflected by successful pressure on the authorities. Roy Medvedev wrote after his brother 's liberation "Our struggle had come to a successful conclusion above all thanks to public opinion." One also finds hints in the book of the regime's inability to insulate Hie Soviet population from normal contemporary trends such as listening to foreign braodcasts, using sleeping pills or hippie behavior among the young. Nevertheless, as Russians try to stir from restrictive lethargy, they are inhibited by administrative methods that have survived violently contrasting regimes over almost two centuries and including both wholly autocratic and relatively liberal czars and commissars. The particular aspect challenged by the Medvedev brothers is the habit of putting political protesters in the madhouse. This peculiarly Russian fonn of repression has been employed since the 18th century and is still current despite the end of Stalin's great terror. The philosopher P. Y. Chaadaev was officially declared mad by Nicholas I in 1836 and placed under house arrest. Method Continues A cadet named Zhukov was labelled insane under Alexander I because he wrote a series of poems on freedom. M. Kologrivov was sent to a lunatic asylum for particpating in the 1830 French revolution. Anton Chekhov 's 19th century story "Ward 6" has a perfectly sane man unjustly incarcerated in a mental ward. This cruel administrative method continues today despite Soviet advances in many fields. A list of dissidents who are or have been in asylums for political reasons is well known. As Solzhenitsyn wrote on the Medvedev case: "Apparently to harbor thoughts other than those which are prescribed means that you are abnormal. . . It is time to understand that the imprisonment of sane persons in madhouses because they have minds of their own is spiritual murder." In a summary of his own experience Zhores Medvedev writes: "If we begin to put people into madhouses on the grounds that they have written books or articles in which something is untrue, or contradicts accepted dogma, or criticizes, exposes or attacks the existing order of things—then the mind boggles at what might happen throughout the world. . . if things go on like this, it will end with healthy, sane people sitting in madhouses while dangerous mental cases will walk about freely denied the treatment they need." The brothers' book, although written in the Soviet Union, is certainly not going to be published there and the two Medvedevs certainly risk more trouble with the authorities by allowing the manuscript to reach foreign hands. Yet, Zhores writes: "At present I know of many instances of people being put away in mental hospitals for political reasons — because they advocated certain social reforms or changes, for publishing works abroad or for expressing a determined wish to emigrate. "But I have read in Samizdat (privately circulated) manuscripts from several works classified as the product of 'reformist delusions,' and can say with absolute certainty that they are written by people in their right minds who are honest and patriotic advocates of the democratization of our society in the interests of their country and the world at large." Hutchinson News Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1971 Page 4 Western Front Letter Disturbs Reader I read with great interest the recent letter of Hank Deutsch concerning human population (Sunday, 10-3-71). It seems incredible that a man with views such as those expressed in his letter is being considered as the possible head of the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission. Deutsch did make at least one good point when he noted that in the U.S. consumption is growing more rapidly than population. When a nation with about six per cent of the world's population uses more than one-third of the world's resources, something is very wrong. After making this correct observation, Deutsch's analysis falls apart. In the first place, his discussion concerns only the U.S. Anyone with even a slight knowledge of ecology knows that all life on earth is dynamically interdependant. Biologically we are not Americans or Pakistanis, but human beings. Saying that overpopulation is India's problem and not ours is like sitting in a boat with another person and laughing at them when "their" end of the boat begins to sink. All humans are passengers on the same boat—Earth. When at least 60 per cent of our fellow passengers are undernourished — even though most Americans are well fed—there are too many people. Not too many Indians or Chinese, but too many Homo sapiens. Americans are Homo sapiens, too. Clipping About Kansans' Makes No Sense Voting The enclosed clipping (regarding the Wichita Eagle-Beacon poll of the State Fair, where 1,178 Kansans were against Nixon's re-election and 928 for) makes no sense, any way you read it. There was a time when Kansas people were the most intelligent in the world because they were logical. Have we become so illogical that we vote for a program with one hand and against it with the other? Have Kansans fallen into the senseless state that Miss America of 1971 met up with in her travels around the U.S.A.? Or, is it merely an indication that you can prove anything and nothing by polls! -RUTH COLLINS, RFD 2, Larned. Priest Returning Draft Card Makes Reader Laugh Ha, ha, haw, excuse me for laughing, but when I read the one in The News about the "Dodge City Priest — Returns Draft Card", 1 couldn't contain myself. Anybody who knows anything about the draft laws, knows that is nothing but a cheap stunt to gain public attention. Who does he think he's fooling anyway? I have read your paper for many years. I remember when Al Dumler graduated from high school and went to work for The News. That has been some time ago. -K. T. BARKER, Stafford Deutsch, being a forester (forestry is a form of agriculture in the U.S.), probably has the answer to the food problem. Most agricultural experts want to raise more food, not fewer people. More food means more fertilizers and pesticides, more wild lands put into cultivation, more feedlots and packing plants . . . more environmental destruction . . . less quality of life. . . The Chamber of Commerce attitude of growth at any cost may make some sort of economic sense, but it will never make ecological sense. Uncontrolled growth results in decreased open land and wildlife, increased pollution, increased crime and urban problems — in short a decrease in the quality of life. The answers to the population explosion are not palatable to many. Free abortions, free sterilizations, free birth control information and devices may be considered Immoral. The alternatives are worse. Loss of a quality life will be followed by increased disorder (look at the ghettos), and finally global war (over crowded people need a place to live and will try to take it from someone else) or global famine (no explanation necessary). You may consider abortion, sterilization and birth control immoral. Do you consider disorder, war and famine moral? Had Deutsch been an average citizen, I probably would have shrugged my shoulders and never written. The fact that he is trying to gain a position of public importance — in of all tilings a conservation organization—frightens me and I must convey my thoughts. If he really believes what he wrote, I sincerely hope that someone else gets the job.-DUANE L. KERR, 205 East 17th. 1972 Election Year Will Be Interesting Every Attorney General has used the power (of Kansas) of his office, as a spring board to run for Governor or an appointment in the past for Supreme Court Justice. Now, we have Vern Miller raiding university students for pot. Could it be, if Gov. Docking doesn't seek a third term, that Vera Miller, the Kansas A.G., will be a candidate for Governor in 1972? I am sure (my opinion) if this happened, Vern Miller would be elected without any efforts. But, if he is elected Governor and say another would be elected Attorney General of Kansas, I wonder if the new elected Attorney General would follow the same pattern that Vern Miller is following? Cracking down on students at universities and colleges of Kansas for pot? But, we won't know until 1972, after the legislature adjourns and Gov. Docking's high-power public relations firm takes a poll to see if Gov. Docking has the strength and vote of the people of Kansas and would rather have Pearson or Docking for U.S. Senator. Yes, 1972 is going to be a very interesting election year. Maybe that's why they want to eliminate the Lt. Governor's office, so just in case Gov. Docking gets kicked upstairs, the legislature could appoint Vern Miller the Governor. Very interesting. — GEORGE HART, 833 North Pinecrest, Wichita. Looking Backward Ten Years Ago in 1961 It was estimated college enrollments would be up one million students in the next five years. A shortage of teachers was reported. Red China bought six million metric tons of wheat on the open market, selling gold on the London market. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 Polio cases forced closing of the Russell grade schools for two weeks. Many Western Kansas towns, especially Liberal, were flooded after heavy rains. Six inches fell in Liberal and water did a quarter million dollars damage. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Mrs. Lillian Mitchner, Hutchinson, was re-elected president of the state WCTU for the 15th year. She told members the 18th amendment would augment the WCTU efforts. The state reported 10,600 jobless. Wichita and Hutchinson were well off. The American Legion staged a street dance as its reunion closed with two bands, two orchestras for the fun. Campaign Strategy Them, Dear John, Are Now Us! 9 By RUSSELL BAKER (C) New York Times News Service WASHINGTON - John Mitchell, attorney general and chief political strategist to the President of the United States, having drawn up the chief political strategy for the presidential cam- , paign of 1972 and sent it jf?j| ahead to his chief, report-, ed to the WJiite House I the other day to see how the chief liked it. The President was ebullient in a reserved way. $ "J o h n," he said, "You've done it again, but tt "Thank you, Mr. Presi- Baker dent." "There is just one thing, John, I'm not quite sure I understand it." Mitchell's merry eyes twinkled. "Well, Mr. President," he said, "I think it's fairly easy. We're going to hit them, and hit them again, and then hit tbem again and again. I hope you have still got a little of 'me old Nixon' left in you, Mr. President, because this is going to be your kind of campaign." "The war issue, John. I don 't quite see what you have in mind for handling the war issue." "You hit them for letting the war drag on for four bloody years while our prisoners languish in North Vietnam. You hit them with charges that their imagination has failed, that they have no ideas. And then, Mr. President, you tell the voters that you know how to stop the war in Vietnam, and have a plan for ending it." "John, if I say that, they're going to ask me what the plan is." Bureaucrats? "Of course, they are, Mr. President. And you are going to say, 'I can't tell you what the plan is until I've been re-elected.'" "I see. Now what is this about bureaucrats, John?" "You're going to hit them with charges that they've created a vast, expensive, parasitic bureaucracy to direct a socialistic economy policy of state controls which "John. ..." ". . . controls which make a mock* ery of the great American tradition of the free enterprise operating in a free market. Controls enforced by despicable government bureaucrats, who even nave the power to tell the working man how much money he can earn and. . . ." "John, would you move ahead now? What is this about selling out the WA million CWnese?" "That takes you into China policy, Mr. President. You make a series of hard hitting speeches charging that a reckless policy of flirtation with the atheistic Communists of mainland China constitutes a sellout of the Wk million Chinese on Taiwan. You really make them wriggle when you hook them on that old China policy issue, Mr. President." "I see, John. And what is this item marked 'crime'?" "You're going to hit them right in the breadbasket, Mr. President, for their failure, despite four long years in office, to make the streets safe for decent people to walk, for letting fear keep the American people sealed up in their homes after sundown when " Run Against Ourselves "John. Just a minute, John. I want to say something. This would have been a brilliant campaign for me four years ago, but something has happened in the meantime, John." "Really, Mr. President? What?" "Them, John, are now us." "Frankly, Mr. President, that had occurred to me. That the ideal campaign would be one in which we ran against ourselves, I mean. And why. not, Mr. President, when you get right down to it? Look how easily General Thieu was reelected by the simple expedient of running against himslf." "This is not southeast Asia, John." The two men sat silently for a long while, and finally Mitchell said, "are you positive about that?"
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