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TV Idaho Free Press The News-Tribune, Thursday, January 30,1975-4 Opinion Today's editorial A position of strength Nothing would please us more than to live in a world and a nation where it were not necessary to spend one dollar for armaments or national defense, ft would be fine, too, if it were not necessary to spend one dollar on police costs, jails or criminal courts. Perhaps we would need no armaments if all international relationships were of the kind that we have had for years with Canada, and now also enjoy with Mexico. We do not live in that kind of world, however, and indeed it has never existed in the history of mankind. Perhaps some day it will be so. We live in a world where there are two great military powers, the United Stales and Ihe Soviet Union. A third power may be emerging in mainland China, with its tremendous manpower reserves, and atomic capability. The United Slates became a great military power in World War 1 and an even greater one in World War II. With our development of the atomic bomb and its awesome capacity we were the world's greatest power for years, and perhaps may still be. We did not keep sole ownership of atomic power for long. Russia quickly developed atomic weaponry, and we and that country have now such a stockpile of nulcear armaments that either could annihilate the other. Other nations have atomic strength in a lesser degree. The reality of the situation has produced a Pax Atomica in which no nation wonts to press the nuclear button because of the incredibly dreadful results which might follow. However, under the shield of atomic force, "limited warfare" still exists. It is going on today in Vietnam. Hungary and Czechoslovakia are Soviet satellites because of its use in Ihe past. The United Stales cannot allow itself lo slip into becoming a second class military power, either in atomic weaponry or in conventional arms. To do so would default military supremacy to Ihe Soviet Union and very possibly to China. We have seen what has happened to Great Britain and France as they became second-rale powers and losl their overseas empires. Fortunately we have no empire to protect outside of the continental United Stales, except fur the states of Alaska and Hawaii, which are certainly not colonies. A military budget of something in the vicinity of $95 billion has been proposed for 1975. At first glance the amount is very large, yet it is a smaller percentage of the Gross National Product than has been the case in years, as its critics will admit. It is much smaller than Ihe percentage which Russia devotes lo its military strength. We have been enjoying some degree of detente with the Communist world. But it has not been because we were a weak military power. On the contrary, it has been because of our strength and the respect that Ihey have for it. The military has been criticized in Ihe past and will be criticized in the future for its expenses. We are heartily in favor of arms expenditures being made in a way in which we gel the most for our money. But we are not in favor of crippling our mililary forces by denying them the funds Ihey musl have to maintain (he U.S. as a world power. We would prefer to live in a United States which is militarily strong and hence respected throughout the world because of it. Futurology We're losing the fight Futurology, which its proponents have called a new science, is as old as life itself. Man--even primitive man--was practicing futurology when he slruck two stones together to make a tool or to create fire. Man was becoming'future-oriented when he clothed himself against Ihe weather, when he dried meat lo preserve it, when he domesticated animals and plants. All of this fell within the domain of- a dimly glimpsed futurology. What'can today's futurology tell us? First, we can define present man as a most dangerous animal. With the same brain with which he staved off extinction in Ihe caverns of the terminal ice, he now holds the power lo destroy Ihe world. Speaking as an anthropologist, futurology is not projected history. 1 cannot prognosticate precise events even five years away. Historic episodes emerge. They are not prophesiable. What Hie anthropologist, knowing the nature of man, can say is this: the most deadly weapons in the world will not reduce conflicl. If Iheir power is such lhat they cannot be used, then terror will be substituted and we will all find ourselves hostages. The atomic weapon once called up will not be laid aside. Instead it will be, and is being, miniaturized. The day is almost at hand when a small nation threatened with extinction can say, "Very well, we will go, but your capital city and cities X, Y, and Z are already infiltrated and mined and will go with us. Make your choice." The atomic weapon may soon be transformed to unconventional "suitcase" warfare. Today terrorism is passed from nation to nation. The time is not distant when it will become a way of life. Callousness will increase as population multiplies. Advanced civilization is a constant struggle of order against disorder, Ihe endless effort of life, even in its individual bodies, against enlropy, the inability to long sustain the ordered system of organs which maintain our lives. The same is Irue of Ihe few civilizations of which archaeology instructs us. Some have died by conquest, some by soil exhaustion, some have sunk into a kind of somnolence, with energies exhausted. Futurology should not be the attempt lo foretell precise historical evenls. Properly By Dr. Lorcn Elseley Newspaper Enterprise Association conceived it strives, instead, to follow Ihe injunclion of the ancient Greek, Hcraclitus, who was convinced thai to penetrate the future one must first understand Ihe nature of man. Man draws his future from ^imself. .Civilization is nol foreordained. Men of equal intelligence lo ourselves have lingered on in the stone age. Again, man may be capable of building great structures, greal economic systems, which Ihen become impossible to reverse or control and which eventually subside in disorder than no single brain, no known computers, can set in order. Le Maislre long ago said that the degcneralion of language outran the fall of civilization. Perhaps this is now incipient in our society. In any event, the anthropologist can prognosticate wilh surety lhat man, Jiaving stumbled upon what Bacon called "the invention of inventions," Ihe scientific method, is ulilizing it with an aggressive brain lhat has not improved biologically in the last 50,000 years. We have reached a biological plateau in which our technology is oiitracing our ability lo master our huge urban complexities. Our span of attention remains short. Individual man is a momentary cell, a particle in a vast diffused and dangerous organism. There is not a scintilla of evidence that we are lolally socialized, or that we are capable of creating a world of order that can constantly fend off the dissonance created by a rapidly evolving technology. Man emotionally is already old- fashioned. His mounting numbers and ideological fanaticism may force his disappearance into ice and darkness just as he arose from (hose same natural forces he has threatened to outwil. One of the first great spokesmen of the Icienlific twilight wrole with desperate perception when he said: "Nature is always mosl dreadful in the return." I, the anthropologist, measuring order against disorder in our mounting human affairs, am forced to share that point of view. ! see Ihe mounting wave before it crashes on the beach. Beyond that my spying glass is empty. The Mews-Tribune «d Jfedf *** Published ev*n!ngi except Sunday at 316 Tenth Avt. South, Nampo, Idaho 83451 by Canyon PuWivHir-o, Co. Entered 01 «oid lau matter at the Ron Office at Nampa, fdaho, under ad of McrcS 8, 1S79. All noticei requred by low or order of court of camjMicni junid : ction to be publuhed weeVly will be pubWitd in Ihe Solu/day iltue of fhif paper puf- iuanl to wuion 60108 I C. 1963 ai added thereto by Chapter 164 1933 S«uion lowiol Idoho. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Carrier, per month .- $3.25 Corr?«r, per year $39.00 BY MAIL: (Paid in advance) 1 month, . . $3.50 6months. . $20.00 3 months . .$10.75 1 y e a r . . . $39.00 This n*wipoper retc* ves the right lo clier iSe txpuaiion date ol any paid in-odVonce iub- K'iption ihouFd rh«ie 04 an adjustment in -ADAM J. KALB- Preiidenl-Publisher THE NEWS-TRIBUNE Joseph fl. ParVei, Busineii Manager -- Adv. Director Richard WiHT IDAHO FREE PRESS JeaniH 8«un«r, Bulbil Manager Larry I. Gordrwr, Editor C. lotxrt hill, Adv. Director J.C, LinH»ln,Cir, Dir. faith Briggi, Compoiing Fortman Charltl MCov, Pr«u Fort man Oplni«m (uprMMd wily In "Txlay't Editorial" ctlumni rapmcnl rh« VMWI «f ffcfc Htwifuftr. A* tfttfr »mm«nH «n ihh p*f* *n *« ·pMm ·( rh« wrilin, wtnttxf m«mb«rt »f th« ntwtffftr't WH*ri«l k*«rd H n»t. W« wckxnt ItHtn )· .Hi* «Ht*r, bu* »uil Hmlt thwn t« 300 wtnk. A! 1 htttn m«»l b* tigiMd, ctnlaln trw i., . y -..»l by HM *4(«Ml bMrW. 'You rich people don't need much help' Paul Harvey comments America the bountiful By Paul Harvey It's a templalion when Ihe headlines are so gloomy for a professional observer to overreact. With our credibility at slake we dare not get too Pollyannaish. Also, wearing blinders, we mighl expose those who trust us to a broadside brickbal. Yet we all want to know what's nexl. We all try to sneak a peek beyond the horizon. And you can find an economist willing to tell you just aboul anything you want to hear. Then there is Ben Wallenberg. Ren Wallenberg would have every reason to say something other than what he is saying. He's a respected consultant on matters economic and political. He is a liberal. Ben was a speechwriter for L.B.J. He is a Irustcd adviser of several of Capitol Hill's most prominent Democrats. This introduction is important because his prognosis is a diametrical contradiction to (he presenl liberal line. Necessarily, Democratic politicians are obligated to beat their breasts over how bad things are, thus lo blame the Republican While House. Bui I am going to let you hear not what Ihey say publicly but what they hear privately from Ben Wallenberg. "We have been naysayed, sniped at and doornsdayed to death. The rhetoric of our time mainly has been gloom, guilt, crisis, dismality and failure. "Yel when we examine the data -- hard, measurable sluff from Ihe U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics, we get a totally different story. "More people, black and while, are earning more money than ever before. They live in better homes, own more cars and other possessions. They have more vacation lime from jobs Ihey mostly like. Their young arc going to college. In shorl, they are progressing and Ihey know il." Wallenberg, though a liberal, blames Ihe ilcGovernites for (he exaggerating negativism. During the lasl dozen years of turbulence and turmoil, through wars, assassinations, political scandal, Americans were able lo sift out the good ideas from the bad ones and emerge from each test stronger. The energy crisis? There, says Ben Wallenberg, is an American-type problem! "To solve il we need money, technology, fuel and national will -- and we've got them all in abundance in this country. "The energy shortage essentially involves o technological problem, and- technological problems are hand-tailored for America." Wallenberg admits that he is a "chronic optimisl" bill says any study of American history shows thai il's been the optimist who was also Ihe realist. Our most optimistic dreams were exceeded. The pessimists were all buried in unmarked graves. The innocent bystander The new fun game Hv Arthur Home The exciting game of Monopoly has taught a generation of our children how to accumulate wealth under our glorious free enterprise system. Unfortunately, it's becoming slightly oulmoded. Replacing it in up-to-date homes across the land is a thrilling new educational game. It's called, "RECESSION!" + + + Each player begins wilh a house, a summer home, two cars and a shirt. Play commences on the corner square labeled, "Mastercharge." Each time a player passes Mastercharge, he forks over J200. The players are represented by different colored "Recession Pawns." When a player lands on properly you own, you musl cough up legal fees to evict him for non-payment of rent. (Renls range from $4 for seedy Baltic Avenue up to $50 for exclusive Boardwalk. They double on every roll of Ihe dice.) The fun part of Ihe game comes when a player lands on "Chance" or "Cnmmunily Chcsl." Among the Chance cards are: "Take a ride on Amlrak -- wail three turns iid lose your luggage." "Your car needs a new spark plug. Morlgage your home. Pay bank 14 per cenl." "The President has delivered another economic message. Go back 18 spaces." "Your salary has been raised to meet the higher cost of living. Proceed to Ihe nexl highest tax bracket." "Your child's teeth need straightening. Buy a baseball bat." "For some reason, you have developed ulcers. Pay Ihe hospital 1150 a day." The more forlunale cards are, of course, in the Community Chest pile. These include: "Collect $10 in food stamps. Purchase a salami sandwich." "Your maiden aunt has left you 100 shares of Chrysler stock. Unfortunately, she bought il on margin. Pay broker $100,000." "Contribute $50 to (he poor. Don't worry, you'll gel il back." "Collect $50 in unemployment Insurance or E ' ~" of groceries, whichever is Ibe greater." "Ynu have just won Ihe Irish Sweep- slakes. Pay Ihe IKS $75,000." "You have won a beauty contest. Pay bodyguard to protect you from women's liberation clemonslrators." But Ihe luckiest card of all, nalurally, is: "Go dircclly lo jail. Do not pass Master- charge. Do not pay $200. Enjoy Ihree square meals a day." -t- -I- + In Ihe final slages of the game, all Ihe players wind up together on seedy Bailie Avenue, living on food stamps and unemployment insurance and sharing [he weekly rent, which is now $1,000. Having nothing else lo do, Ihey keep rolling the dice. The eventual winner is easily determined. He is the lasl player to lose his shirt. from f he direcfoL Handgun proposals By Clarence M.Ktlley Dlr«lor. FBI Handgun control is a subject of serious wade in Ihe high rates o .aggravated 1 K ..»..*;. ... i.:.i.i., assault, robbery, and homicide. M the jitim5iui c v i i t i v * »« *· " ----(---- -concern lo me. Admittedly, II is a highly emotional issue. However, so is the subject o( death. From 1964-73, a total of 858 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed, and individuals using handguns were responsible for 613 of these deaths -- a shocking 71 per cent. During 19/3, an estimated 19,510 murders were committed in the United States, and 53 per cent of these homicides were through Ihe use of handguns. These are truly tragic statistics, Equally tragic are the thousands of friends and relatives who also suffered irreplaceable losses as Ihe result of these handgun-related killings. In considering these statistics, one additional fact needs mentioning. There are presently in the United Stales an estimated 30 million handguns. That represents a lot of triggers that can be pulled, both accidentally and intentionally. The proliferation of Ihe so-called Saturday Night Special is particularly menacing. The weapon has no worthwhile sporting value and is unsafe for use as protection. Under any criteria, its possession should be prohibited. As I perceive the present situation, the solution lo the handgun problem hinges on keeping them from potential criminals, while al (he same time guaranteeing thai the interests of persons desiring weapons for legitimate use are respected. By strictly controlling access to handguns, I believe a signilicant reduction can hp Washington report same lime, I feel the interest of those individuals wishing shoulder weapons for strictly sporlmg purposes must be given proper consideration. I advocate two proposals to keep hand guns from those who intend to use them wrongfully. First, it is essential that there be adequate local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to handguns, and 11 is imperative that these regulations be strictly and vigorously enforced. Second, I strongly urge at least man datory minimum sentences -- sliffer penalties -- for those persons convicted 01 a crime where a handgun Is used. Only persons who can meet the provisions of local,state, and federal regulations should be lawfully able to possess handguns. Violators should face the stem penalties enacted by concerned legislators supported by an aroused public. The "right of the people lo keep a nd bear Arms" (not necessarily handguns) is well known to me--and I certainly respect that right. However, the unlimited exercise of any right should not be tolerated where the public is endangered. Human life unquestionably must be a respected value among mankind. Truly effective handgun controls can save Ihe lives of hundreds of law enforcement officers and thousands of other citizens. It's up lo you -- it's your life. Gun foes gearing up By Steve Symms Congressman, Idaho First District Following the 1974 elections, a great deal of speculation was taking place concerning probable actions of the 94th Congress. It is no secret that the make-up of the new Congress, particularly on the House side, is dramatically more liberal than its immediate predecessor. The one-parly domination cf both chambers is so imposing as to lead one to the quick conclusion lhat almost any piece of Democral- backed Icgislalion could whiz through Congress like greased lightning. This, undoubledly, is an exaggeration of the situation we face. Fortunately, ours is not a parliamenlary system of government as exists in England and elsewhere. Parly loyally is not rigid and absolute and the actions of Congress cannot be reduced lo an arithmetic function of parly control. Party politics has a powerful influence over Ihe legislative process, and yet is not so pervasive as to preclude cooperation, compromise and coalition-building among congressmen of opposite parties. Recognizing all Ihis is somewhat reassuring. Whal it boils down to is that nothing in Congress is inevitable, regardless of how bad things may look. Nevertheless, there are a number of legislative proposals being considered by the 94th Congress which Americans can be particularly nervous over. One of (hose is federal gun control. Recently, an article appeared in the Christian Science Monilor which addressed Ihis point. The article slated that, "An expanding number of gun-controi advocates in Ihe U.S. are preparing to unleash a barrage of political maneuvers against civilian ownership of handguns." The slory went on lo identify a number of well-funded anti-gun lobbies presently operaling in the nation's capital and observed lhal the new Congress will in all likelihood be considerably more reccplive to their efforts than was the 93rd. Kaleidoscope It is, of course, becoming quite evident that Ihe ban-the-gun movement has now shifled into high gear. Politicians are dusting off their old gun control material and delivering speeches laden with emotional fervor. The media is cranking out a stream of editorials in support of stricl federal gun legislation. Movies are even being produced as propdganda devices for the anti-gun movement, the mosl notable example being "The Gun," which was recently aired on · ABC television. Yes indeed, Ihe move is. on! One of Ihe problems in fighting the gun conlrol movement is the difficulty in communicating wilh its leaders. The antigun movement is based on ignorance- ignorance of the Constitution, ignorance of the nature of crime, and ignorance of even the most fundamental facts .about firearms. Most of the .rabid .anti-gun fanatics are the type who think gun barrels are wooden conlainers filled with .rifles and shotguns. They haven't the slightest understanding of the working characteristics of firearms. Whal Ihey do nol understand, they fear, and what Ihey fear, they wish lo abolish by imposing coercive, legislation on the entire nation. It is this communication gap which needs lo be bridged so that this (ear, may be replaced with understanding and rational (nought. In future reports I will discuss the federal gun control issue in more detail and will attempt lo lay bare the many fallacies which surround the present assault on our Second Amendment rights. Furthermore, 1 will be working to secure passage of legislalion I recently introduced which prohibits the U.S.' Consumer Product Safety Commission'from banning handgun ammunition and will actively support all other legislation seeking to prolecl our sacred right as Americans lo keep and bear arms A political phoenix By John Failh Nol many Americans, who seek high office, such as the presidency, survive defeat. They are dcrricked from the ball game by (he embarrassed polilical parly and are benched. A loser is unwanted in this nalion's politics. An exception is linked lo every rule or Iradidon. In his Ihree campaigns for Ihe While House, William Jennings Bryan slruck oul as many times before he and an over-generous Democralic party agreed he should ride the bench. As a resull of Ihree bids for the same job, Grover Cleveland served Iwo lerms as Presidenl bul nol consecutively, and proved himself an exception when he dcfoaled Benjamin Harrison, who four years earlier booled the former Chief Execulive oul of Ihe ivnite House. The conlrasl between American and Russian politics where Ihe top slralum is involved is sharp. Leonoid Brezhnev, top sergeant of Ihe Kremlin hierarchy, seems lo be in deep trouble, and has been in power long enough to be canned as Communist party secretary and lo be retired inlo polilical obscurity as a "nonpersnn." When power- seeking conspirators in the Kremlin sack Brezhnev Russia's ceremonial President Nicho a, Podgorney, and Premier Aleks jjjwygln. also musl Join the club of has- Even before lhal royal slut, Catherine dllCQCnlv Tho Prnfit nl ti j "«in\., r« il, j . ' plotted successfully or the murder of her husband, Tsar Peler , conspiracy often has been Ihe Kremlin's inslrumenl for change of rulers and other highly-placed officials. Allhough M.rxls" hasten lo deny this facl, Imperial Russia left Communism Ihis heritage when the Romanoff dynasly was washed down ll,e drain during the Bolshevik Revolution A former president or. a defeated can- didalc (or Ihe While House dots nol exisl as o nonperson McGovern and Humphrey often gam headlines over their views on issues vo.ced from (heir positions as* U.S. senators, Within the immedialc past the ° T_ r . . *^ j "t-i ucniEfl "resident Ilcroerl Hoover commanded the respect of a seemingly-contrite American electorate lhal had been led aslray bv the hnnpwrl premises of Roosevelt in 1932 y rfS^A 5 ^ 1 ". bul ^ore lolerant European nations", whose ··----·--· prime ministers often*rise Phocmx-like from Ihe ashes o polllka^ !».!?.!«««··» 0' Power inCern 'lilion of Social Democrats proauce a no-confidence on hot issues DCC3IKA ^Irftii^fl ^ . r - ~ Bavarian phoenix 3 appreciates/ , M ^

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