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TheJdaho Free Press The News-Tribune.Thursday. February^ 1976-4 Opinion Today's editorial Idaho judge needed · C u r r e n t l y in limbo someplace in Washington, D.C. is the fate of an opening on the United Slates Circuit Court of Appeals. In this case it is Ihe Ninlh Circuit. This particular circuit includes the stale of Idaho as welj as Washington, Oregon. Alaska, H a w a i i , California. .Ncvaaa. 4ri?ona and Montana. There are nine jtjdges now aclivc on the circuit. · One of the judges is Oliver Kelch. a former Idahoan. However, he has resigned from the circuit creating the opening that now exists. Traditionally, each stale is supposed to be represented on the circuit s6 the logical assumption would be thai someone from the slate of Idaho will be appointed to succeed Kelch. JlN'ot so if the state of California or Ihe 5{ate of Neveda -- at least their elected rational representatives have anything tjl say about il. Bolh those stales are Wishing respective local judges for the vacancy [^Idaho's elected leaders shouldn't allow "" judgeship to slip from Ihe stale's ;asp. We think it is important for Ihe le of Idaho to have representation on court and we urge them tu push an hoan for the position. ,3Al ihis point il appears llial one of Ihe rf(en who will be most involved in the ilection process is Sen. James McClure. SfcClure has already said he wants an [flnhnan for the opening and we have a roan in mind. r"AHan G. Shepard. an associate justice of tpe Idaho Supreme Court since 1969. is a gd choice for the circuit court. All too f ;n the courts arc guilty of being out of cb with common sense and isolated Tjfre lighter side from Ihe many facets of human life. Shepard's background should insulate him from such charges. He has a broad history of service and experience almost unique in his profession - the judiciary. His six years on the Idaho Supreme Court have seen him author 175 majority opinions in every conceivable field of law. In addition, he has participated in more than 725 full opinion cases -- again no doubt covering every type of case imaginable.'. And while Shepard's Idaho Supreme Court experience is impressive, it is his past as much as anything that makes him a good choice for the job. In brief. Shepard has been on more sides of the fence than simply the judicial one. He has been an elected official and in private business. And he has been elected at both the slale and local level. Il is no exaggeration to say thai he is likely the most popular attorney general Ihis slale has ever seen. He served in lhal clcclivc position from 1962-1968. From 1957 lo 1962 he engaged in private practice in Boise. And during those five years in private practice he was an elected representative from Ada County. From 1951 to 1957 he served as assistant attorney general and was chief counsel for the Idaho Department of Highways. The court system needs men who can bring it broad backgrounds and judicial expertise. This particular court - Ihe Ninlh Circuit -- needs Idaho representation. We can think of no belter choice fnr Ihe job than Shepard. prigin of the franchise Hv Dick West ijVASlllNGTON (UP!) - What a pity Ihjjjl so many of the world's epochal evcnls are losl forever in Ihe mists of anliquily aifl cannol be authentically recreated. pne such happening was touched upon th* other day by the National Geographic Society's news service. ^Scientists have settled the dispute over wfjchcame first, the chicken or the eggs." il .reported. "Reptiles were laying eggs thfaisands of years before chickens ap- pelred ... and the first chicken came from anj^gg laid by a bird lhat was nol quite a chicken." Sad. how I would have loved to have be|n there! 'Jhe Geographic did not indicate when th^halching occurred, but we know that birds didn't appear on Earth until the Jujjassic Period of the Mesozoic Era about 18lf million years ago. So Ihe first chicken H About people '.'This nation is Ihe main counterweight toithe Soviet Union and Ihe United States cannot escape Ihe principal role in defending...interests and m a i n t a i n i n g wofldstabililty. If we falter or fail, there is no bther power lo lake our place." -- Oefense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, urging Congress to approve a JIOO billion defense budgel. "To keep one'sself respect, one must act in accordance with (he general human longing for peace, for true delenle, for genuine disarmament." -- Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharo\. in his message on accepting the Nobel Peace i'riie,' "The Cuban revolution has not only radically changed the face of the country, bul'also has made an indelible imprint on Ihe'whole liberation struggle of Latin America...if the possibility today of a 'second liberation' of (Latin America) is becoming a more realistic prospect, this is lo a considerable degree the result of (he influence of the Cuban example." - Mikhail A. Suslov, Ihe Soviet Politburo's revolutionary strategist. must have come along later. Could it have been as late as Ihe Pliocene Epoch, some H million years ago, toward Ihe end of which man first appeared? I certainly like (o think so. I like lo think thai one of our primeval ancestors, perhaps a cave dweller named Harlan, was on hand lo witness Ihe hatching. If we knew any of Ihe details. Ihe . Library of Congresss could commemorate Ihe evenl with an exhibit the way it is currently marking the centennial of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of Ihe telephone. According lo Bell's notebooks, now on display at the Library, the first words spoken over the phone were "Mr. Watson-- come here--I want lo see yn» " Harlan, alas, if there was a Ilarian. didn't keep a notebook. F.rgo. we can only guess as lo what his words might have been when he saw Ihe first chicken. I like to think that Harlan and his mate, a Pliocenean damsel named Lobelia, shared their cave with a couple of domesticated birds, nol quite chickens, called grice. One day as Harlan is passing the nest he notices an egg cracking open. After a moment he calls to his male. "Hey. Lobelia, you wanna come over here and take a look al w h a t came out of Ihis grice egg?" "Big deal. You've seen one baby gricc. you've seen them all." "Yeah, but this isn'l your basic, everyday baby grice. Gricelels arc brown and make chirping noises. This thing is yellow and goes 'cheepcheep.'" "Whatever do you suppoose il could he?" "I dunno. but it looks good enough (o cal." "Harlan! I'mshocked! Us cave dwellers don't eat birds. We live on reptiles and things like lhat." "Maybe il doesn'l sound very op- poking, bul if I basled it wilh some of my secret herbs and spices I'll bet folks would love it." Tills recreation is purely fanciful, of course. However il happened, the hatching of the first chicken definitely was the beginning of the geologic time period known as Ihe Colonel Sanders Epoch. Now the only question is: Which came first, the reptile or the egg 1 The News-Tribune and Ba¥)0 $ rw P^o'i^ed PV?" -as px.cpi Si-fdny n' !Pi» Tenth Avo So..'h NoTipo. Idaho 83651 by Co^v^ 11 Publishing Co En e*cd os ieco"c c!o« ria"er ai 'he PO^I OH-cc ai lai-pj. do v -o. u-ae'a:iofMa'cr-3. IB? 1 ? Al r eq^ ed b/ In// or o-de- o 1 co_n o' coTpe'erv jynsd c'l^i 'c Le pub''ihod v/oofc:^ w be published " «^e Sn'n,rday 'SSue ol !rM pope- PJ'SU.J"I io s.-r'ion 60-103 1C 196J m added "·c'o'-o by Chop'er ifid 1933 Se*s en Lci-vs of 'do v o SUBSCRIPTION RATES Corner, per monlh $3.25 Carrier, per yeor $39.00 BY MAIL (Paid in advance) 1 month.. . $3.50 6 monms. $20.00 3 months .$10.25 1 year ... $39.00 This newspaper reserves ihe r^hi 10 oiief Ihe exprahon do:e of ony paid IA advance M.r scripiion should there b? an odius f menl in subsciiDi'oniates · ADAMJ. KAIB- P'Clrferv Publ Sh THE NEWS-TRIBUNE Joseph? farter. Buiir-esiMo-nogor A r J / D ' e c t o r Richard CoHrnan. Erf-or BclwOW.Mui'ns. Cir V.Qr IDAHO FREE PRESS Jcanncr tus'i. Business Manager lorry 3 Gnrdner, fdi'cr C Koteri Bull Mi Cuerp' 1C liidhrjim, Or Dir Keilh Briggs. Composing Foreman Chor^eiMcCoy. P'Ctt Forerran The views ol this newspaper appear only in'"Today's editorial," while all other commenis and opinions are those of the individual columnist. Readers' comments are encourage*) in the form ol letters thai should not exceed 300 words in length. AH letters must be signed and contain the address of the writer Letters should be typewritten and content is subject lo approval or condensation by Ihe editorial board. Letters "You can't sue the government for 'inflation compensation'. You ARE the government. That'll be $44,625 plus cost. Next Case!" Paul Harvey comments A starting place By I'aul Harvey Would you put a gun at your neighbor's head and demand his money'.' Certainly not. Would you hire one of our professional Chicago hoodlums lo pul a gun at your neighbor's head and demand thai he share bis money with you? Certainly nol. Would you hire an IRS ;igenl lo do (he same thing? To demand thai your neighbor share his money wilh you? Careful! Government appears helpless lo lose weight. Kven as you and I, government sets out with the hesl of intentions lo reduce ils size yet can'l seem to. In 19711 Congress established a super committee ' w i t h i n tho Office of Management and liudget to try lo reduce the number nf federal advisory com- millces. There are 09 more such committees now than then. Campaigners of boll) parlies -- from Humphrey to Wallace and certainly Ford and Ueagan -- are calling for shrinking our lop-heavy bureaucracy. "Whal happened lo New York City can happen to us all!" they agree Yet. as Mark Twain is said lo have said of (he weather. "They talk about it but they don'l do anything aboul il!" What we need is a starling place. We can't do everything at once, but there is something we can do al once. We can abolish once and for all Ihe cosily, cumbersome, wasteful, punitive, inequitable income tax system which has become so complicated that even the lax experts can'l agree on what you should pay. Washington window Every IKS commissioner since T. Coloman Andrews has advocated "simplifying" the income lax - after he was out of office. Now we have gutsy, vigorous incumbent Treasury secretary, [Jill Simun, insisting on it. Simon says: Cut out all the tedious bookkeeping and i n d i v i d u a l record- keeping and professional accounting and periodic auditing. And decree simply that everybody must pay a percentage of his income, from whatever source, to Ihe government from 10 ppr cent on the low end lo 35 per cenl on the high end. No allowances, no deductions, no loopholes fpranybody. tf $ J Later, says Simon, corporate (axes may be similarly simplified but first we need a starting place. · ; Think about il: You know t h a t your income this month is X-dollars. You know that X-per cenl belongs to you. the rest lo Ihe government, and you budget yourself accordingly. No annual hassle wilh accountants and lawyers anil professional tax proparcrs. And Simon says his computers compute lhal this clean-slate reform of our tax 1 system would bring in more -- $50 million ·a year more -- to our federal Treasury. ilenry Block of H i R Block, whose company prepares more than It) per ceni of Ihe 80 million returns filed each April, objects. But we, Ihe people, don'l. Secretary Simon's mail is running 15-to-l in favor of his proposal. If Pat comes back Ky Arnold Sawistak WASHINGTON t U P I ) - Daniel Patrick Moynihan is returning once again (o Harvard and (his time Ihe word is lhal he'll reappear to Ihe amazed world as a New York Democrat seeking election lo Ihe Senate. Moynihan already has demonstrated lhal he is a man of rnany parts. He has served in both Democratic and Republican a d m i n i s l r a l i o n s , persuaded Richard Nixon to support, at least temporarily, the kind of super-liberal welfare reform plan thai many believe was responsible for George McGovern's election disaster in 1972, and provided the American righl with a new folk hero by doing a John Wayne number in the United Nations. Now, he is supposed lo have Gov. Hugh Carey's encouragement to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat held by Sen. James Buckley, the hyphenated Conservative-Republican who captured il in 1970. The governor's blessing is far from a bequest - there are lots of other Democrats who wanl or are thinking of seeking t h a t nomination -- bul il would give the professor a leg up if he decides lo try elective politics again. Nol the least of Ihc home-grown New York Democrats interested in Ihe Senate is Quirks SA1D1A, Morocco ( U P I ) - Authorilcsin Ihis northern Moroccan town had quile a problem on (heir hands -- a 50-ton dead whale. The 65-foot whale already was dead when il washed ashore. Regional health aulhorites fear Ihe whale could contaminate Ihe beach and Ihrealen (he heallh of beach-goers. Two solutions were under consideration: culling it up and carting it away piecemeal or digging a gigantic grave. Hep. Bella Abzug, a tested politician and an accomplished knees-aml-elbows debater. Moynihan has baited zero for one at Ihe polls lo dale, bul (here is no doubt aboul his ability to protect himself with his mouth. A debate between the militant liberal congresswoman and the elegant "neo-conservativo" Harvard don probably could produce a sell-out on liroailw.i). u nol at Madison Square Garden. An Abzug-Moynihan primary certainly would be no humility contest. Neither is famous for suffering (ools gladly nor noticeably troubled by self-doubt or fatso modesty. In such a match, Muliammed All would come off Ihe shrinking violet. The fad lhat Moynihan lives in New York only occasionally shouldn't be a big political problem. He grew up Ihere a.irj has al leasl as slrong a claim to Empire Slale residence as Robert Kennedy of Massachusetts and Virginia had in 194, or Buckley, who lives in Connecticut, had in 1970. As a mailer of fact, Jacob .lavils is Ihe only genuine New Yorker who has been able lo get elecled lo (he Senate from that slale since 1958. Of course, the winner of (he Dcmocralic primary in New York is a long way from Ihe Senate. The Dcmocrals are the majority party in New York by reputation only, Carey being the party's first governor since 1958 and Kennedy its last senator. The parly has a million more registered members than the GOP and what seems lo be a faclion for each of them. Nowhere cast of Japan is hara-kari more highly developed as a political art form. The New York Seriate primary won'l be held until fall, so Ihe campaign will be running all summer. For folks who can'l afford the price of gasoline to gel to the beaches and are looking for an alternative lo Archie Bunker re-runs, A Bella And Pal Show could he Ihe answer lo Ihc summer blahs. Pet Haven reopens To The Edilor: On behalf of (he board of directors and members of the Canyon Counly Pel Haven I should like lo thank all those who have made il possible for us to continue our work as your local humane society. The response to our need was overwhelming and we deeply appreciate everyone who parlicipated. Special thanks go to Marie (ialyean for her efforts in seeing that the story of Pet Haven was written and published. Thanks lo each of you we will continue our efforts to help alleviate the problems of pel overpopulation and animal abuse and neglect in Canyon County. We promise you. also, thai we intrnil '" mimiain our work"on a volunteer basis with no salaried workers and no money spent on frills. You can be sure that the money you give lo Pet Haven goes for the purpose of helping animals -- and people. Joining with me in this expression of appreciation for your understanding and generosity are the starving horses, the injured dog and cat, the 10 puppies, the 15 dogs and the eight cats who hove been aided by Pel Haven in the days which have elapsed since you made it possible for us lo pay our bills and open our doors again. Helen Wilson, President. Canyon County Pel Haven. Inc. Non-drinkers applauded To The Editor: I was interested in the panel discussion held al Ihe high school on drinking among the youth. Could special tribute be paid to (he minority of non-drinkers by calling lo mind a Ihouehl from scripture'! "I'ul nn Ihe whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against Ihe wiles of (he tlcvil. for we wrestle not againsl Ihe flesh and blood, hul againsl spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God lhat ye may be able lo withstand in the evil day, and" having done all. lo stand." Ephesians 6:10-13. My prayers are thai you special young people will stand strong and prepare yourselves for Ihc opposition of these trying limes. A strong person NEVER needs alcohol. Helen L Pooley N'atnpa Arrest criticized To The Editor: On January 30, 1976, 1 was arrested in my own home by an officer of the Meridian law enforcement for disorderly conduct. Subsequently, I had to spend the night in jail leaving my 1'j year old and my 6 month old babies. As a result of this I received a very bad cold and experienced a very uncomfortable nighl. According to my lawyer, disorderly conduct has to be in a public place or public property, which I don't consider my home to be. In court, on Feb. 6, the judge asked me if 1 understood the charge. I said yes lo disorderly, bul I didn't understand how I could be arrested in my own home with no one signing the complaint -- the judge did not answer my question. Then Ihe arresling officer added that four complaints had been answered lo Ihis residence. Yes, but only two had been for me, including this one. 1 was charged $25 plus S7.50 court costs, a 30-day suspended sentence, and a warning thai in the evenl I appear in the Meridian court within six months for any reason. I will receive an aulomalic 30-day sentence. I think Ihis is a very unreasonable arrest, don't you? JoAnn Bennett Meridian Cramped camping noted To The Editor: I have put off writing this tetter for some limp, bnl afler reading Ihe article in The Free Press, "Three slate parks take reservations," I decided il was time to send this into The Free Press. I wonder if there are other Idaho people lhal feel the way we do aboul our summer camping and recreation areas? They have advertised on tv. radio and magazines so often, what a wonderful place Idaho is to spend your summer vacation! thai Is Irue. We ubuld l.ikejo., point out some things we have found lo be true and really don'l t h i n k il is right. For instance, the past Iwo summers we have gone to spend a few days al iledfish Lake. There has been nothing but California and Utah campers jusl parked back lo back to each olher and so many camping in one large space taking all Ihe choice camp areas along the lake shore. One cannot gel a camp, because most of them have come lo spend the whole summer, and they are not paying for their camp. Al the entrance is a board lo gel your daily envelope and pay for '.he use of the campsite, which they do nol do. Instead they leave notes on Ihis board for their friends and relalion (hat are coming later, and they can lake over Ihe campsite. They have a few rangers lhat drive through the camp cleaning the restrooms nicely for (hem bul never do they go and collecl from them. ; These people have wood slacked three feel high, lhat they drive close by and gel. from Ihe mountains and keep a fire going all day long in July and August. What a wasle! If our stale was profiling by these , outsiders we couldn't complain, bul Ihis . seems to be very unfair. I'm sure (here are other places Ihe same. We in Idaho can'l go camp up at this place so we have to travel. We know when ,. we enter the parks in.Oregon, California,. , , Utah and many others you pay before you can get a campsite. Why do we have lo have these beautiful summer resorts In , lurn over to out of slale people? We have gone up the Payelle River also .! at Warm Lake (here are rangers there checking every day. You can'l even pull in . lo eat a lunch for fear Ihey are going lo come and collecl for it. In September after school started and hardly any campers , wore left there were seven and eight · rangers al Warm Lake driving around in \ individual trucks still collecting daily fees. ., If some of those efficient rangers could be moved to Redfish in the summertime, the . slale would surely profil from Ihcm. Maybe I haven't sent this to the righl source, bul we just wonder how you Idaho people feel aboul this? Mrs. Johnny Davenport N'ampa Former newsboy writes To The Editor: Recently a friend mailed me an item from The Idaho Free Press 150 years agoi by Corirme Moyers. I thought il would be fun lo hear from any of Ihose paper boys. I remember all of them. I was one of them. Yes. I carried " papers for The Idaho Free Press 50 years .' ago. Randall Thompson Carson, Calif. Principal thanks helpers To The Edilor: On Feb. A, 5. 6. and 7 the Girls' District A-3 Basketball Tournamen! was held al Melha High School I would like to publicly Bus company appreciative To The Kdilor: The Caldwell Bus Company wishes to publicly thank Ihe members of the school board of District 132, Mr. Weide, office personnel, and all employes and students who gave their support in tho renewal of our contract wilh them for school transportation. When given such a responsible and often limes lhanklcss job, il is rewarding lo find people wilh such integrity who have accepted their position. With the support of Ihe parents and sludrnts, we shall continue to serve Dislricl 132inthcsafeslaml mosl efficient way possible. CaldKcU Bus Co., Lie. Gary K. Spraguc, President ^ ^W^^MmvKMK^.^HM^H^^^^h." ^ [Today's thought] no not quench Ihe Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but leslfvtrything; holdfast whal is good, abstain from every form nf evil. -- I Thess. 5:19-22. "We musl be Irulhful and fair in the ordinary affairs of life before we can be and express my thanks to all the people who helped make the lournamenl a success A special thanks goes (o Mrs. Potter and her office girls for all the clerical work lo Mr Bill Proesch and me members of Ihe Booster Club, lo Miss Salisbury and her basketball learn for (heir help. Without everyone's cooperation, il would have been impossible lo host this lournameni Julian Torres Principal Melba High School -- Edgar Howe, American author.

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