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Editorial Forget Sex, Religion, Race, Etc. Hutchinson News Friday, Oct. 8, 1971 Page 4 Purple Priorities Supreme Court Needs Brilliant Legal Scholars Purple Pride is great, but Purple Priorities are getting a bit cockeyed. For example, 344 students were involved in varsity athletics in 1970-71. The computer figui'es a cost of $10,700 per participant in basketball alone. By contrast, the 6,000 to 7,000 students who engaged in intramural athletics are budgeted a $26,000 annually. On another level, Martha Peterson, an editorial writer for the Kansas State Collegian, notes that "alumni easily donated $250,000 within six months to pay for artificial grass (on the football field) yet. they cannot produce any money to send the concert choir to Europe. The choir would be as good a representative of K-State as an athletic team, if not better. But it must pay its own way. "While other funds were cut on campus, the athletics program spent $500,000 donated for new locker rooms. "The state can't afford to build a music annex so that the department of music will have offices, and it can't afford to build a new education building, although the old one is almost totally inadequate. The School of Education will most likely lose its accreditation if new facilities are not provided in the near future. "Yet money is donated for locker rooms." It's a familiar problem, at K-State and on most campuses. It also is a complex one, involving separate athletic department funds, alumni programs and interests, student fees, and state support. Nonetheless, the end result is an impression that Purple Pride really doesn't extend far beyond those locker rooms. Turnabout Abbie Hoffman, whose hair has always looked like a cross between Phyllis Diller and an Angora goat, has shorn his locks. And Hoffman, the Yippie leader with the blue mouth, is urging youngster* to go out and vote in the system. Hoffman became angry with the current version of the youth movement because, he said, "the rock music has gotten bad, the dope lousy. Everytime I turn on the tele­ vision I see another movie star with long hair. The hip cult has been taken over by Warner Bros." "I had to disassociate myself from that," he added.. So he cut his hair, and he started urging youngsters to register and vote. You don't suppose, do you, that the day is coming when school admims- trators and others will decide that short haircuts and admonitions to work within the system are subversive? Demand Hardin Ouster A mild'revolt against Agriculture . Secretary Clifford Hardin has hit the Republican ranks. Two Iowa Congressmen, II. R. Gross and William Scherle, • have called for -Hardin's resignation on grounds he doesn't do much for the nation's farmers. Gross and Scherle may usually be counted among the GOP faithful. So can Iowa's senior senator, Jack Miller, who isn't trying to boot Hardin but who does say there is a "lack of familiarity with the farm problem in the White House." Being a Secretary of Agriculture has never been the path to popularity. It probably is the most abused post in the cabinet. The Secretary also presides over the most unmanageable bureau in Washington, one that has sprawled beyond control. So, Hardin's lot is not to be envied. Criticism is inevitable. Such criticism in most administrations comes from the opposition. It the view from here is significant that the carping against Hardin now is coming from within, and from conservative Republican types. At base, this represents fanner unrest with his net income, and the current market trends. (Down.) It also shows concern over how the wage- price freeze wall foi'ce food processors to act; what the 10 per cent import surcharge will do to farm exports, and when the freeze will bring any reduction in farm costs—if ever. More than his predecessors, Hardin does show an insensitivity to farm needs and farmer complaints. He remains trapped in the old patterns set by Southern congressmen who dominate the agriculture committees. He has shown little compassion for the rural poor, and hasn't, got his message across to commercial agriculture interests. Politically, he is a liability to the President. Financially, he may be a liability to the nation's fanners. by s.a. Why People Liked Ike They're rededicating the Eisenhower Museum up at Abilene next week, with all the hoopla and dignitaries befitting the expansion program at the memorial. So this is an appropriate time to dip into a book by Gary Wills about Richard Nixon. It's "Nixon Agonistes, the Crisis of the Self-Made Man," now available hereabouts in paperback. This is another dissection of the President by a young writer who regards himself as sort of a liberated conservative, but what makes it pertinent now is the fresh look it takes at President Dwight Eisenhower. In sum, Wills believes that Ike was badly under-rated as a President. As the history of the Eisenhower years unfold, more and more people will agree- with that conviction. • * • "HE WAS a master of the essentials." Wills says of Ike. "The most successful warrior in the modern j world, he never romanticized war. His head was| not dizzied with MacArthur's visions of glory. . "Once, when Eisenhowerl was complaining about thel 'tyranny" of weak nations! which can pester giants with impunity, he ended,/ his tirade with the calm^* shrug: " 'We must put up with it.' "There is a world of neglected wisdom in that statement. It underlies Eisenhower's warnings against a land war in Asia, his refusal to fight wars in which the enemy has the choice of weapons and terrain and times. "When Eisenhower moved, he made sure he had the broom in his hand ... or he did not move at all. He was not tortured by 'losing face.* "• • • • WILIS SAYS that a big part of Ike 's genius was his lack of romanticism, expressed in such little ways as changing the name of the presidential retreat from the "Shangri-La" of Roosevelt to Camp David. "Contrast this realism with the sweeping pronouncements of his successors who dealt in overkill rhetoric," Wills writes. '"Kennedy's inaugural proclaimed, 'this hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house' and then came the Bay of Pigs, with insufficient troops. They walked noisily and carried little sticks. "Lyndon Johnson's 'We will always oppose the effort of one nation to conquer another' put us forever at the mercy of tyrannical, weak nations.'' *• • • AS TO IKE's relations with his vice-president, Wills notes that the two never became intimates. At a Gettysburg picnic for the GOP faithful, the President was a bit befuddled to hear that 'Dick says he has never seen the inside of the house here.' "There were parts of the White House that Nixon did not see until President Johnson showed him around . . . Memoirs of the Fifties recall times when Nixon came on business to Denver or other places where Eisenhower was holding social gatherings. Nixon was summoned during business hours and sent off before the socializing resumed . . . James Reston wrote, during Nixon's last year in office with Eisenhower, that the vice-president watched football games while the President was making his decisions on a summit meeting . . . • * • "EISENHOWER simply was not interested in Nixon's view of things. "He told Arthur Larson he thought Nixon was good at summarizing alternatives and boiling down other men's opinions, but that he did not supply anything original himself. . ." Perhaps all this helps explain why people liked Ike. And why the nation misses him so much today. By WILLIAM V. SHANNON (C) 1*71 New Y«rk Times News Service WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is the most ingenious political institution invented by Americans. It is the highest court of appeal such as all lawful societies have but it is also the third chamber of the national legislature. When contending social forces or outworn political mythologies make it impossible for the House and Senate to resolve a major issue, the Supreme Court ultimately intervenes. Racial segregation, legislative malapportionment, and church-state relationships are three of the complicated, impassioned subjects which would convulse the national parliament in any other free country but which in the United States are largely left to the Supreme Court. Because the court performs this unique and essential function, Justice Felix Frankfurter and others have shown a curious misunderstanding of the American system in their contention that some issues are non-justiciable. Our government has so many checks, balances, and shared powers that it could not function if every question could not eventually be decided by somebody somewhere. In this framework. President Nixon's desire to reshape the court along more conservative lines is entirely understandable. The power to influence the future course of this powerful institution is one of the cherished prerogatives of the presidency. It is equally understandable that liberals in Congress who have a different philosophy and who speak for other elements in society should scrutinize Nixon's nominations with care and resist them where resistance is feasible. In the exercise of its confirming power, f.h -2 Senate normally and properly defers to the President's initiative unless it discovers evidence which reflects seriously upon a nominee's character, judgment, or professional competence. Thus. Judge Haynsworth had not been as vigilant in guarding against the appearance of conflict-of- interest impropriety as he should have been, and in the aftermath of the Fortas case, the Senate was not disposed to extend him the benefit of the doubt. Former Judge Carswell's disingenuous testimony and shoddy public record showed him unfit to serve on the court. Different Issue But Representative Poff, who has withdrawn his name from consideration for one of the current Supreme Court vacancies, posed a quite different issue. He is vulnerable not on grounds of character or intellect but of outmoded legal philosophy. In the last 20 years, the court has enabled Negroes to make dramatic legal gains by its broadened interpretation of the first section of the 14th amendment which guarantees every person "equal protection of the laws." To his opponents, Poff's voting record suggested that, he is fundamentally out of sympathy with this modern approach. In law as in other areas of life, there are broad movements of opinion which are irreversible. There is a parallel here with the way in which the Roosevelt-ap- •NEWSDAY DUrik*tt4 b? LA. 'It worked, Dick, now Vve got four years to end tlie war!' It's a Gold Mine' *Excuse me, Mr. President. A Mrs.'Mitchell is on the phones!- pointed court of the late 1930s and '40s expanded the interpretation of the interstate commerce clause to make possible federal regulation of the national economy. A jurist who held the narrow concept of the commerce clause once defended by Justice Willis Van Devanter and Justice George Sutherland would now be regarded as a fossil. Similarly, any nominee who holds Poff's anachronistic view of the I4th amendment can expect fierce resistance to his confirmation. Undesirable as another protracted nomination fight would be, what most damages the court is not controversy but bad appointments, whether they are quiet­ ly or noisily received. Public uproar of varying intensity accompanied the elevation of great justices such as Louis Brandeis. Charles Evans Hughes (to the chief justiceship). Hugo Black and Frankfurter while some mediocrities have moved to the court accompanied by universal murmurings of approval. An institution which has broad but undefined political responsibilities necessarily has to have a certain representative character. For that reason, it is not wholly a bad practice for presidents to bear in mind tha race, religion, regional origin and even sex of prospective court nominees. 'Balanced Ticket' But if Nixon really wished to strengthen the court, he would look beyond these less important factors and consider the range of abilities and experience which should be present. The court needs a brilliant legal scholar to contribute the subtle analyses Justices Frankfurter and Harlan provided. It also needs a former elected official who has a "feel" for public opinion. Some of the giants of the court in this century —William Howard Taft, a former president alid cabinet officer, Hughes and Warren, former governors, and Black, a former senator — were .impressive partly because they brought to their judicial work the insights- into practical affairs which political experience affords. Instead of a man and a woman, or a Northerner and a Southerner, why not a "balanced ticket" of scholarly erudition and robust common sense? Goodbye, Senators Others to Leave D. C. Buchwald By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON - The Washington Senators baseball team, after playing in the Capital for 71 years, has left for Texas. The elation in Dallas and Fort Worth over this turn of events can only be ascribed to the fact that no one in that part of the country has ever seen the Senators play. The reason for the exodus was poor attendance, which Robert Short, owner of the team, said was costing him a fortune. What worries people here is that the Senators may be the first of many institutions that might decide to pull out. Perhaps in the next few years we will be reading the following press releases: WASHINGTON, D. C—House Speaker Carl Albert announced today that he was moving Congress to Fort Wayne, Ind., at the end of the season. "The Washington fans just don't seem to want to support Congress," Albert said at a press conference. "At our last night session we had only five people in the gallery and our cafeteria has been running a deficit for two years. Fort Wayne is very excited about having a major branch of the U.S. government in its town, and we're looking forward to playing there for many years to come." WASHINGTON, D.C.-The British Embassy has just made it official. It is moving from Washington, D.C., to Palm Beach, Fla. A spokesman for the embassy said the decision was made reluctantly by the ambassador but the turnouts at the Queen's birthday party reception had been Bawdy House on Federal Property Anderson By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - A bawdy house has now been discovered on a federal mining claim and, by all accounts, it's a gold mine (the bor-| dello, not the claim). Three lovely ladies, under the management of Madam Erika Borg, have struck it rich on a federal tract not far from Basalt, Nev. A sheepish Interior Department spokesman acknowledged that the government lias been their landlord for some three years. Second Discovery This is the second house of joy we have discovered on federal property in recent days. We reported on Aug. 23 that another madam, Beverly Harrell, was operating a bordello on 3.75 acres she has leased from the Interior Department near Lida Junction, Nev. After learning of our story, federal officials, blushing furiously, tried to close her down. But the determined madam raised a howl about her inalienable rights and won a stay while her case is appealed. Meanwhile, Cottontail Ranch, as her establishment is called, is packing in more customers than ever. Miss Harreli's unique ranch, which consists of a few neat trailers and a seductive bar, is larger than Miss Borg's two-trailer operation. But Miss Borg's fancy ladies are making more money, at least, than the miners in those parts. The two demurely decorated trailers are situated on a mining claim taken out by Grefco Inc. of Los Angeles. This is a subsidiary of the respected General Re­ fractories, whose annual report lists many high - sounding enterprises but omits any mention of the world's oldest profession. 'Optimum Benefits' The Interior Department's official guidelines on mining claims declares solemnly that "the basic objective is to obtain optimum benefits for the general public by . . . using all of the resources on public lands in the best possible combination.'' But those who wrote the regulations, presumably, didn't have prostitution in mind. Mike Jones, the Interior Department's local land manager, told us he has high hopes that Grefco will evict the ladies. Grefco's vice president, Richard Funk, suggested it was up to the Interior Department to drive off "the undesirable neighbors." "But I assume," he offered helpfully, "we will have to cooperate and evict them." 'We Don't Steal' The defiant Miss Borg disputes anybody's right to kick her off the land. Indignantly, she told my associate Les Whit- ten: "We don't pay kickbacks. We don't steal. We don't cheat. How many other businesses can say the same?" She suggested, with a snort, that the prostitution her ladies practice is no worse than the prostitution of some politicians she knows. so poor that he had no choice. "It's obvious to us that Washington doesn't want a British Embassy, despite all the talk," the spokesman said. "We've had offers from all over the country to move our team and we've decided on Palm Beach because they've guaranteed a full turnout for every one of our receptions." LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Mayor Byron Love- master has just confirmed that Las Vegas has finalized a deal to bring the U.S. Supreme Court to Las Vegas. The mayor told Hank Greenspun of the Las Vegas Sun that he considers the Supreme Court one of the best tourist attractions in the country, as it will bring in lawyers and defendants from all over the land. "We sent a delegation to Washington, and we think we made the best presentation. Miami and San Juan, P .R., both made bids for the court, but we won out when we promised to build an all-weather Supreme Court building with Astroturf in each of the justices' chambers. We can get 50,000 people in the new court building at one time." (Chief Justice Burger confirmed Mayor Lovemaster's announcement. "We're going to miss Washington," he said on the Today Show. "But while most people here said they were behind the Supreme Court, they wouldn't come out for our decision. Las Vegas sounds like a great Supreme Court town.") WASHINGTON, D.C.-A blue-ribbon delegation consisting of lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, Mayor Walter Washington and City Council Chairman Gilbert Hahn paid a visit to President Nivon this morning in a last-minute effort to persuade him not to move the White House to Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Nixon said he had no choice. The people in Washington did not appreciate a President in their town, and he blamed criticism by the news media for the lack of support for the present administration. Mr. Nixon said: "It's always a tragedy when a city loses a White House, but there are other things that have to be taken into consideration. Nebraska has the No. 1 football team in the country, and I believe a President of the United States should always be in the town with the No. 1 team." Looking Backward Ten Yearn Ago in 1961 Russia recognized the Syria government and Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia were to follow. Western nations refused to act. Rev. LeRoy Jenkins, the evangelist with the "miracle arm,'" was holding a revival here. Several years ago his arm had been cut off in an industrial accident but he lived and gave credit to Jesus for his life and immediately became an evangelist. His first night's meeting, however, was attended by only 75 persons. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 Richard Cornwill, 8, and Lester, 2, Brewster, were latest polio patients at G r a c e Hospital. It was stated the abandoned HNAS was not for sale but civilian workers would maintain the place. Gov. Andy Schoeppel, the attorney general and other state officials were criticized by the federal grand jury for neglecting to act over the existence of lawless elements in the state. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Babe Ruth was hit on the arm by a thrown ball and was not expected to play in any more of the world series games. Nellie and Picnic were not the only movies filmed in Reno County. A movie, "The Man God Changed" was filmed partly in the sandhills north of Burrton. The sandhills were used for the desert. Small town fun: Pretty Prairians called Police Judge Hamlin to his court in the night for an important case. His new son- in-law, Jack Santee, was sentenced to lift with Helen Hamlin.

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