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Editorial Hardin's Hypocrisy Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin said last week that the dock strikes have "plunged an economic sword into the hearts of farmers." Sounds great rhetorically speaking. Sounds like hogwash so far as farm prices are concerned. Exports of major farm commodities have been hit by the strikes. It is not probable that the total effect over the year's haul on our volume of farm exports will reflect this hold-up at all. Further the impact of exports on farm prices is a long-run proposition. Anything that can be stored including corn and wheat would hardly be affected by even a four-month strike. Prices are low. But Hardin's effort to pin them on the dock tie-up is pure politics. Prices are low, particularly for corn, because of a record crop. And we have record com crop because Hardin shied away from reducing corn acreage in the feed grain program. Indeed he asked an increase in corn planting because of the threat of corn blight. The hypocrisy of Hardin's statement is evident on two counts. One is that the Taft-Hartley procedure for an 80-day cooling off period did not affect New Orleans and other Gulf ports, where much of our com and soybeans go. The other is that if Secretary Hardin and President Nixon really are concerned about our farm exports, they should end with all speed the 10 per cent surcharge on imports. That is a real threat to the prices of farm products. The dock strikes have been a temporary nuisance, which should be eliminated but they aren't the reason farm prices are in trouble. Populism and Professions State Sen. Harold Herd, D-Coldwater, an attorney, told a group of doctors at a political action workshop in Topeka last week that all professional people are caught in a "new revolution" going on in this country. Herd said professions have grown up with the attitude that every American was entitled to all the services he had money to buy, and he was told to work hard enough to be able to afford it. A new awareness and hard reality is changing all that, he added. "We said, 'You are entitled to all the medical care you can afford to purchase , ," Herd told the doctors. He said the same was true of law. "All that has changed. People are going to demand their new rights. They are going to demand medical care for every human being in this country and the best solution will come from you (doctors)," Herd said. It's a perceptive word picture, and sound advice. It addresses itself to any lawyer who thinks indigents should fend for themselves in the courts; to any doctor who wants to keep medical care a privilege; to all educators and theologians who want to keep their institutions as private clubs and to all newsmen who take the word of officialdom as the gospel and think anyone who questions that word is a nut. Herd warned that delaying actions by the professions will hurt the professions, not help their causes. He said change is necessary, and the best change can come from within. Agreed. Political Ventriloquists Jim Pearson aimed a shotgun blast at Bob Docking in Topeka over the weekend, and his pellets managed to splatter over at least half the GOP Kansas House delegation. Politicians who rely on public opinion polls to guide their thinking, he said, "aren't solving problems." Such officeholders are little more than "ventriloquists," Pearson added. the view from here Representing people also means helping to lead people, he said. That's a welcome note in a poll- silly period. If voters want Congressmen who tliink and vote as their polls tell them, then we should elect George Gallup and do it scientifically. Pearson's plea is for leadership, not pulse-taking. Leadership is a quality too little understood, and practiced, by our Congressmen. by s.a. Fantasy Land That Store In Dallas last Christmas offered a three-day cruise and boat party aboard a luxury liner out of Florida for the gift giver, plus a "few friends" (like, maybe 1,150). This year Neiman-Marcus is taking a cue from Mike Todd, who once rented Madison Square Garden for a Liz Taylor party. (One can mention N-M without much worry about local competition; it's doubtful retailers hereabouts will be offering this gunk.) The top gift in the store's Christmas Book Is "No, No, Nanette," at the 46th Street Theater in NYC. Not just a ticket, but the whole house. Plus a party for the cast and guests — and you can invite 1,243 people. The tab: $42,880. That's not until New Year's Day, 1973, so you have time for advance planning. • • • ANOTHER item to ponder is a Moon Bal-Masque, for 100 guests. Your party will tour NASA in Houston, and then an astrologist will do his thing while you dine on Jfi -\ vegetarian' organic foods, mfm .«J No alcohol. No price listed, Mostly, the store is trying St to capitalize on the current r &T f*^* nostalgia binge in its * plunge toward Conspicuous Consumption. Thus, we can buy a backward-running clock for $75, s.a. or another one for $700 that tells what time is Is on the moon. There's a $125 rose- colored rear vision mirror for your car. and the 1929 World Almanac, ($7.95 for 42-year-old Almanac?) • • • FOR KICKS, there's a 12-carat diamond, at $150,000 . A one-month charter on a 98-foot sailing yacht, complete with crew of six, for $20,000 (Liquor is extra.) His and Her mummy cases, direct from Egypt, both approximately 2,000 years old, for $16,000. A Ski-Pass, good for 100 skiers for full privileges for one day at Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Park City, Winter Park, and so on out west. For $750. The Fortress of the Freeway, a car with a stateroom built into what looks like a tank, with the chauffeur riding in a top cockpit covered by a see-through bubble. • • • YOU CAN pick several favorites, but mine came down to two. One is extravagant — $495 for a vinyl- coated, nylon, 16-foot inflatable whale, complete with blower. The other is a set of Texas seeds, $5, that grow into giant watermelon, pumpkins, squash, and stuff like that. If you have it, flaunt it, N-M seems to be saying. If you don't have it, read the Christmas Book, and dream of the Revolution. Hutchinson News Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1971 Page 4 Neiv Pentagon Paper Censored Memo Bares U.S. Control of Viet Affairs By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Still-secret portions of the controversial Pentagon papers disclose that the Johnson Administration felt it could virtually dictate the hiring and firing of top-level South Vietnamese officials. This revelation could prove acutely embarrassing to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly insisted it is involved in Vietnam to protect the South! Vietnamese from domina-j tion by an outside power. The Johnson Administration's arrogant attitude is] disclosed in a memo to the' President from a high- Anderson ranking study group headed by LBJ's second Defense Secretary, Clark Clifford. The memo has not appeared in any of the published excerpts and has been censored in the official version released by the Pentagon. Here is what the censored memo says: "We should solicit Ambassador (Ellsworth) Bunker's views on the desirability of replacing the Prime Minister. If he is to be replaced, we should agree on his successor beforehand, in consultation with Thieu and Ky." The memo reveals that this same attitude persisted towards other Vietnamese officials and military officers. It calls for the "relief of a specified list of corrupt Top Secret Memo What Has Happened to Agnew? By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON - TOP SECRET MEMORANDUM: FROM: Wang Po — anti-imperialist Secret Agent 655 (code name Egg Roll), Washington, D.C. TO: Chu Ping Pi, political Bureau, Peking SUBJECT: Situation in the United States at present time vis-a-vis Nixon's trip 1— There is great confusion here in Washington concerning who is in charge of the American government. President Nixon has been photographed in public and, to prove he was in good health, the capitalist newspapers showed him greeting Emperor Hirohito in Alaska. 2—The big mystery is Buchwald what has happened to Vice President Spiro Agnew. He has not been photographed with President Nixon for six months. The man who has seemed to replace Agnew in power is the secretary of the treasury, John Connally, who always seems to be at Nixon's side. 3—Another mystery which has most U.S.-watchers confused is that the Su­ preme Court is now down to seven members. Nixon has promised to appoint two more members but so far he has been unable to find anyone with the same ideological philosophy. This has led many obesrvers to believe that there is a power struggle going on in the Department of Justice between the moderates and Martha Mitchell. Martha Mitchell still seems to wield great influence in the government and some believe she is the real power behind the attorney general. • 4—Walter Hickel, the former secretary of the interior, is no longer under house arrest in Alaska. Nixon met with him recently, indicating a softening of a hard-line stand he took six months ago. In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars the President said, "Let a thousand flowers bloom," which indicated the Nixon government would welcome advice. But two days later the party line changed again, when Spiro Agnew told a Republican fund-raising dinner in Texas that if there was any criticism of the President he would personally purge the dissidents. 5—One of the reasons for the confusion in Washington is that the United States is in a serious economic condition and a wage- price freeze has been in effect, which has caused a great deal of bitterness among the workers. The campaign to produce more for Richard Nixon has not succeeded, and few people now are waving their Little Red Books with the "Thoughts of Nixon" at chamber of comerce rallies. 6—Postmaster General Blount has called for an economic boycott against France because France won't help the United States solve its drug problem. The U.S. government said it didn't agree with the postmaster general so there is a power struggle going on there. No one can predict the outcome but Walter Hickel has invited the postmaster general to live with him in Alaska. 7—The opposition party is still in disarray although the Democrats are hoping for a Cultural Revolution in 1972. 8—If you are confused in Peking as to what is going on in Washingtoni so are most of the American people. The Washington Senators have been exiled to Texas. This has caused great speculation in diplomatic circles as to who will be the next to go. 9—As for Henry Kissinger's visit to Peking next week, my advice is to meet with him and try to have him explain what the political situation is in the United States.. If he can't come up with satisfactory answers, I would suggest that Chou En-lai call off the meeting with Nixon. It would be a mistake to talk to Nixon while there is so much chaos in the United States. 10—I will need some more money. You can't believe the prices since Nixon started his War on Inflation. officials now. . . . Incompetent province chiefs who have plagued our efforts in the past must be removed." The memo adds that "incompetent ARVN (Vietnamese Army) officers must be removed, beginning with a specific list that should be made available by MACV." The letters MACV refer to the U.S. command, which was to decide which Vietnamese officers should stay and which should go. "We should not hesitate," the memo says, "to make our desires known and back them up by refusing to provide support for the incompetent. For key commanders, we should require the right of prior approval on a secret and discreet basis. The precise tools of leverage should be left to the US Mission." Political Censorship The censored memo, clearly deals with political, not security, matters. Yet the Pentagon insists that all the omissions from its published version of the Pentagon papers involved vital national security matters. We have compared the official version with still-secret segments of the uncensored text. We can report that the deletions, like the Clifford memo, involve matters likely to embarrass the government, not threaten security. Another example is a derogatory comment about India, which might make it hot for the U.S. Ambassador in Delhi but would hardly endanger this nation's security. It occurs during a discussion of diplomatic and military alternatives in Southeast Asia. "A further possibility," the document states, "would be to seek to enlist India more deeply in the Cambodian situation. This is worth trying but the Indians are a weak reed for action or for effective diplomatic dramatization." Also left out is a statement by former State Secretary Dean Rusk that the U.S. would have no alternative but the use oi nuclear weapons if China became involved in our war in Southeast Asia. The statement occurs in a cable to Washington following a meeting between Rusk and South Vietnam's then-Premier Nguyen Khanh in April, 1964. Gravel's Collection "The Secretary said he wished to emphasize" that ". . . if escalation brought about a major Chinese attack, it would also involve the use of nuclear Many free world leaders would this. "Chiang Kai-shek had told him fervently he did. and so did U Thant. Many Asians seemed to see an element of racial discrimination in use of nuclear arms: something we would do to Asians but not to Westerners. "Khanh replied he certainly had no quarrel with American use of nuclear arms, noted that decisive use of atomic bombs on Japan had in ending war saved not only American but also Japanese lives. One must use the force one had; if Chinese used masses of Humanity, we should use superior fire power." Footnote: Some of the uncensored documents, we have learned, will be included in Alaska Senator Mike Gravel's collection of Pentagon papers, to be published by the Beacon Press. arms, oppose Western Fronti Looking Backward Ten Years Ago in 1961 Pres. Kennedy said this was the most dangerous time in history, referring to the Berlin crisis. James Hlad, Methodist minister and resigned KSIR chaplain, charged irregularities in the institution with duck blinds being built for officers, supplies being taken out of the institution. Gov. John Anderson hurriedly had proclaimed Oct. 11 as Gen. Pulaski Day in Kansas. The legislature had proclaimed the day in 1935. Pulaski was a Revlutionary War hero. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 Liberty junior high school leaders were: Eugenia Gray, Shirley Gordon, Don Cavanaugh, Leon Wells, Bob Shelton, Velma Chapman, Faydene Orth, Norman Ferguson, Pam Vickers, Billie Morris, Betty Gard, Georgeann Harney, Bob Baker, Marjorie Smith, Ralph Noyes Jr., Bill Binford, Dick Winslow, Rex Christner, Phil Osborn, Jim Fee and Bernard Kettner. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Only 112 motorcycles were licensed in Hutchinson and there was a big decrease in the state. A swindler collected a big sum of money before detected when he would claim to a school official that he represented the Crowley Book Co., Kansas City, and was collecting for subscriptions to the Literary Digest. He collected several hundred dollars a day until the racket was uncovered. The book company did not exist. Mansfield Amendment 'A Step Worth Taking' On Dec. 2, 1966, my brother-in-law, Capt. Leroy Stutz of Effingham, was shot down over North Vietnam. For nearly five years, he has been imprisoned. His wife, Karen, and six-year-old son, Brian, have spent over 1,760 days waiting for his return — waiting for our government to do something. On Sept. 30, 1971, the U.S. Senate passed the Mansfield Amendment which would declare it U.S. Policy "to terminate at the earliest practicable date all military operations of the United States in Indochina and to provide for the prompt and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military forces not later than six months after the date of enactment of this section, subject to the release of all American Prisoners of War held by the government of North Vietnam and forces allied with such government. I believe that the adoption of the Mansfield Amendment is a step worth taking. It is not sufficient that we sit idly by — feeling sorry — and doing nothing. There is something that you can do. The Mansfield Amendment has passed the U.S. Senate — now it's up to the House of Representatives. Won't you help? Please write your Kansas Congressmen and ask that they vote for the Mansfield Amendment. — ROBERT D. CAPLINGER, RFD 2, Effingham. Says She Is Keeping Lee's Stories for Reference Work I 'm very proud of Wayne Lee's writings put in the Hutchinson paper on drinking. Also, I am proud to take a paper that will put such worthwhile material on the front page. I am keeping them each day in a folder for the City Library to be used as reference work. Thank you for your stand on whiskey. — HAZEL TROTTER, Attica. i Press Ignorant of Facts The ignorance of our 20th century press never ceases to amaze me. Take, for instance, the editor who wrote the editorial on "How To Pray" which appeared in The Hutchinson News of Sept. 30. That poor little fellow is afraid of prayer. He is afraid to pray lest he be caught standing in the wrong place. Let all praying people gather round and assure him that God doesn't care where he stands when he prays so long as he is sincere. Let us assure him that he is quite safe in praying the oldest prescribed prayer in history. That prayer which was prescribed by the Man from Galilee 2,000 years ago, and which begins. . ."Our Father which art in heaven. . .' Let us make it quite plain to him that what is wrong at school can't be right at church; what is right at church can't possibly be wrong at school, and anyone who denies children the right to pray wherever they are, is robbing them of their very lives, physical, moral and spiritual. Let us make it known that those misguided little self-styled religious leaders, who seek to squelch prayer, do not speak for the Christian church. They speak for themselves only, and that great Body of Christ, the Christian church, walks around them and goes on its way as the most wondrous, healing lifesaving establishment ever established. Let us make it abundantly clear that no court, no bomb, no defilement, no little misplaced preacher, not even the gates of Hell, shall prevail against that established church. Then he speaks of that nane-man-wonder of the mod world, cur Supreme Court. Those nine men who were so buffaloed by one atheist woman that they, with one stroke, rendered themselves undemocratic, unconstitutional and unsupreme. According to my history book, The First Amendment reads as follows: ".. .Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Sworn to uphold the law in a democracy where the majority rules, those nine men labored mightily and brought forth the decree that one misguided child should rule over his classmates, thereby denying the ninety and nine their free exercise thereof. . . Our editor couldn't have chosen a more apt text to illustrate what I am saying than the one he used. Jesus was speaking to a great crowd of ordinary people, who heard him gladly, when he warned them to beware of following street people into the streets. The Scribes who were the Press of that day, including, according to my dictionary, editors and judges. The hypocritical Pharisees who scorned common people, took the chief seats in the synagogues, and stood praying on the steps of the Capitol with bombs in their hands, to be seen of men. Our editor is afraid of government as well as prayer. Let us assure him that no people can live in any society without rules by which to govern themselves. . . I find our press of today unbelievably ugly. Ugly books, ugly scripts, ugly movies, ugly stories and ugly pictures. I find all to many of our pressmen, judges and congressmen totally ignorant of the most basic facts of life and completely unworthy of the freedom they cry about so loudly.— RUTH COLLINS, Route 2, Lamed. Contemplating Belly Button? It's a little hard to accept facts from one whoi tries to look like Fu Man Choo and admits to spending time contemplating their belly button. Wouldn 't it be smarter to show your differences with brains and ability rather ' than relating to the dirty ones with the bad names? How does one prove their individualism by aping others? You never stand out in a crowd If there is no difference in looks or brains. — LARRY FIELDS, RFD 3, Sterling. 1 Proud of Editorial On 'How to Pray' I am very proud of your editorial of Thursday, Sept. 30, "How to Pray." I am so glad there are those who can see the great wisdom of this good decision by the Supreme Court and its protection to the religious freedom of this great nation. I have been a diligent student of the Bible for 30 years and have yet to find any place in the scriptures where a follower pf Christ was ever taught to pray anywhere except in church and his own closet after he had closed the door. — FORREST PUCKITT, Box 312, Lakin. Was 'Garbage' on Screen Worse Than That in Yard? What is garbage? Is it the slop you put in your waste basket or garbage can for the trash men to pick up? Or is it movies like "The Stewardesses" now being shown in a local theater? Why was this garbage held over for a second week when it should have folded up and dropped dead the first night? What -kind of people are paying the price at the box office to keep "The Stewardesses" alive, yet won't allow a plastic bag to sit in their own front yard even on a trial basis? After you sat through two hours of pure filth ... did you walk out the door feeling great? Was the garbage you saw on the screen so much worse than the garbage in your own front yard — it made you feel better? It is my opinion when adult people, 30 years of age and older, stop supporting the box office - "R" and "X" movies will die. Our children see so much garbage in their own front yards today, they prefer beer halls and heroin as a means of escape rather than what adults are perrnissively allowing to be produced for so called entertainment in the movie industry. *— MRS. LOIS STOHR, 417 East 16th.

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