Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Nixon's new role Fri., Feb. 27,1976 Page 4 D ause and Ponder I beg you, therefore, brothers, in view of God's mercies, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. -- Romans 12:1 Progress made in harnessing sun power Since the nation has now come to the time when it must recognize that its present energy resources are not limitless and finding new sources of energy is imperative, reports of progress in the development of solar power are good news. Solar-heated homes now actually exist. An article on solar heating systems written by William A. Shurcliff in the February Bulletin of the Atomic Scientis sets the number of active-type solar heated houses at about 140 at the end of 1975. ! And, according to the article, "A solar-heating I industry is developing rapidly. Hardly a week goes i by without the formation of a new company eager ' to sell collectors or associated equipment. Several giant corporations, too, have tossed their hats into the ring. Already there are over 40 companies in the United States offering water-type collectors for the solar heating of buildings, and there are a dozen offering air-type collectors. About 100 companies are selling small water-type collectors for supplying heat to domestic hot water systems." Shurcliff says that most of the efforts being made to promote solar heating of houses are focused on the so-called active type of solar heating systems -- systems employing a flow of water or air to carry the heating from the solar- radiation collector to the storage system or directly to the rooms. "A few schemes," he writes "seem to me to be genuinely successful in terms of performance and cost." But in an article entitled "Solar Energy Is Here, But It's Not Yet Utopia," in Fortune Magazine eor February, Edmund Faltermayer informs us that it is going to be sometime yet before solar heating starts to become more widely used. "The earliest hope for transporting sunshine lies in converting it to electricity for the utility grid... But big soar power stations are at least 10 years off." Even so, he says that, "Thanks to the inflation in energy prices over the last three years, sun power has crossed the threshold of economic competitiveness in a number of specific situations. He says that each one per cent shift of the nation's energy usage to sun power would enail a capital investment of at least $20 billion by energy consumers." But he leaves us not only with the encouraging fact that solar energy is here, but also the exciting prospect that, "If these costs could be brought down, the move to solar energy just might grow into the biggest economic development since the automobile revolution." The imperial self B y M A X L E U N E K NEW YORK CITY - In the hot '60s there was a counterculture group thai called itself "the Crazies." The name struck me as the perfect designation for the whole decode -- the Decade of the Crazies. They seem to have assumed a lower profile in (he '70s. Could they have gone sane and become ordinary workaday people, perhaps even columnists? Given Walergale, the CIA depredations, - the wild congressional leakages of classified reports, the zany Lockheed payoffs to foreign officials, the antics of the principals in the Pally Hearst affair and now the reception of Richard Nixon in China, maybe they got discouraged at the competition and retired from the field. + + + The competition is pretty heavy. Consider first the stories out of Peking about Nixon and the Chinese. For a moment, as I watched again the pic lures of Richard Nixon and Iiis Chinese hosts toasting each other, I had the eerie feeling of historical reprise. Maybe we really were back in 1972. Maybe this man, looking healthy despite everything with the eager, posed smile, was and still is our President- the once and future American king. The intervening four years -- the break-in, the Palace Guard, the covcrup, the political iheater of the congressional investigalions, the tapes, the erasures, the impeachment report, the Supreme Court decision, the resignation, the pardon: Whal if fhey had never happened.. What if they had all been thrown on the screen of history by a master illusionist who wiped out the whole thing and brought us back where we were at the start, with Richard Nixon drinking a toast to his Chinese hosts.. We move like zombies through the hazy spaces of time. We explain Richard Nixon by the fierce carnality of his hunger for power and by his fear of losing it. But how shall we explain the others..' The CIA men who held no political office and were faceless men, but still played games that meant death to many.. The Lockheed men who uc;d millions of Ihe company funds to pay off foreign officials, dragging the name of the United States in the dust they made and in the end shaking the stability of governments friendly lo i t . . The congressmen who leaked secrets entrusted to them by the force of law, endangering the lives of men around the world who were helpless before them.. I have, like others, been trying to make some sense of what it is that moves men -- good men as well as bad men -~ to lake actions which prove so convulsive to the nation we are part of. I don't go much for Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 1976. There ore 308 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1900, the British defeated the Boers in the Battle of Paardeberg in Africa. The outcome led to the creation of the Union of South Africa. 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In 1889, a railroad was opened in Burma from Rangoon to Mandalay. In 1933, the German parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, was burned. In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes. Ten years ago i Communists guerrillas in South Vietnam blew up a cargo ship in the Saigon River in an unsuccessful attempt to block the waterway. Five years ago: Egypt indicated a willingness to extend a Middle East cease-fire with Israel. One year ago: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax-cut bill to aid the U.S. economy. Today's birthdays: Actress Elizabeth Taylor is 44 years old. Former opera star Lotto Lehmann is 88. Thought for today: Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind -- Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955. Bicentennial footnote: Two hundred years ago today, Benedict Arnold, who was leading an American force surrounding Quebec, reported that he had repulsed two attacks by defenders of the Canadian city. the bad man theory, nor even for the bad institution theory. Men are mixtures and imperfect, for better or worse, and sn arc institutions. Nixon thought he was serving and saving his country when he ignored the Constitution. The CIA heads thought the same when they broke the terms of their charter. The Lockheed officials doubtless thought their motive was to keep their company alive and make it prosper, by whatever means. Arthur Schlesinger hit on a good prase in the "Imperial Presidency"-- a runaway Presidency that breaks through constituional limits. But there is also the imperial self -- a runaway self that breaks through the limits of how men should decently act. In both cases (he rule is that anything goes, provided it makes the individual feel stronger, more successful, more important. America has always been individualist, but in recent years the individualism has gone berserk, become a kind of megalomania. A senator, a congressman, a corporate manager, an investigative reporter, an intelligence executive -- each of them is tempted to push his hunger for importance to the limits of chaos. The result is all the wounds we inflict on -ourselves as a society. Lord Acion was right, but not right enough. The truth is that it isn't just power that corrupts, or even money as most of us believe. The hunger for fame and prestige, the desire for a scoop, the wish to shine before one's constituents or one's fellow craftsmen, the burning conviction that one is a law to one's self and to hell with the larger law: These, too, may corrupt, just as surely as power and money. For a person thus moved, what lulls his moral sense is the assurance of virtue, which deceives him as it deceives others. The new Crazies are imperial Crazies, in the sense that they set no bounds on what they are moved to do, any more than Nixon did. The imperial self may more likely bring the country down than the imperial Presidency. (c) 1976, Los Angeles Times Public forum rules Tellers to (lie Tribune piihlir forum are limitnl In t.'Hr words. Nn exceptions In this rule will hi- permitted. A Ii-Uer must carry both (he signature and the address of the writer. I.oilers exceeding (he Kd-unrd limit or containing librlniis or possibly libelons statements will he returned In (he writer Midi notification of Hie reason for rejection and may be resiibniitled fnr publication after the change has lr"n made. All letters must be liiiKiglil to I In- Ti ilninr in jtriMtn Ii\ t h e l e t t e r w r i l r r o r o t h e r ;irr;irmf in nils made for proof of authorship. By ROBERT CRABBE TOKYO (UPI) - People who wondered what Richard Nixon would do after Watergate finally have an answer. Chinese leaders have given the former president a new political role as their unofficial spokesman to certain types of powerful Americans outside the government. It is a tactic China often has used before in its relations with America, and especially with Japan. That is the reason for Nixon's trip to Peking. Agreement certainly had been reached between Nixon and the Chinese before he ever left San Clemente Feb. 21. His astute daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, doubtless was one of the go-betweens. The nine-day tour of China is the first step in Nixon's new role. He went there to be launched as a certified China expert in the eyes of Americans. Nixon probably will not be explaining China to ordinary Americans. Their feelings about Watergate rule that out. He will be talking to high level businessmen, China research experts, and opinion makers. Among people like this he can be effective. Nixon certainly will be expert enough to impress anybody when he goes home Feb. 29. What American besides Nixon will have spent long hours in fhe company of the new acting Chinese premier, Hua Kuofeng? Aside from Nixon's own daughter and her husband, he will be the only American to enjoy an exclusive interview with Communist party Chairman Mao Tse-tung since China's latest political shakeup. He appears to have upstaged President Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who spent hours last autumn cultivating Teng Hsiao-peng, then acting premier. Now Teng is out in the cold. Ford and Kissinger also talked to Mao, who obviously didn't tell them everything. Their own intelligence people apparently were caught flatfooted by the latest Peking power struggle. In the past, some very interesting , people have played, the type of role Nixon has assumed. The late journalist Edgar Snow was the liaison man of the late Chinese Premier Chou En-lai to Americans interested in China in the 1950s and 1960s. Chou gave Snow exclusive interviews, and let him gather information on the closed Chinese nation that others could not get. This guaranteed wide sale of Snow's books. Former French Culture Minister Andre Malreaux played a role as liaison man to European intellectuals. The tactic was developed most fully in Japan in the 1960s, when Chou was trying to win Japanese diplomatic recognition. When the late Prime Minister Eisaku Sato stayed stubbornly loyal to the antit'ommunist Chinese regime on Taiwan, Chou bypassed him. An Oxford educated Japanese nobleman, Prince Kinkazu Saionji, became Peking's spokesman--unofficial but authoritative-to Japanese news media and intellectuals. Aiichiro Fujiyama, a sugar magnate and conservative member of parliament, was chosen to tell China's story to the Japanese business community. They tilled the ground so well that when Nixon began his detente policy with China in 1972, Japan dropped Taiwan and switched recognition to the Communist government in Peking. None of these people advocated communism for their own countries, and certainly neither does Nixon. They only argued (he need for closer relations with China. One message Nixon will take home is that China thinks the Soviet Union is too powerful, and that the time has come for. America and China lo cooperate to contain Soviet influence. ,ff that turns out to be the have of American foreign policy in the future. Nixon mighl ride it lo a large role in certain corridors of American power where the players aren't elected by the American people. Letters to the Tribune All who participated in RWB Days thanked To The Tribune. Many thanks lo David Rosentratcr, chairman of Weld County Red, White and Blue Days (Feb. 12-22), for his diligent and enthusiastic promotion of IIWB Days. Also, John Dugan's coverage of RWB Days activities and his articles pertaining to America, her people and freedoms and the Bicentennial were excellent and greatly appreciated. ' Thank you for the hundreds of others who were actively involved in RWB Days activities. Many more people are now aware and excited about (he events and projects that are occurring to celebrate the United States 200th birthday, the Bicentennial, and Colorado's 100th birthday., (he Centennial. Happenings during RWB Days ranged throughout Weld Country from emphasis on red, white and blue clothing and American flag flying to schools, businesses, homes, churches and organizations celebrating and considering our past, present and future to presentation of five Bicentennial flags, signifying five more Weld County communities as nationally recognized Bicentennial Communities. Everyone is asked to be a part of the Weld County essay contest and answer the question "What would I like to give my Country, America, for her birthday?" There is no limit on which Weld County residents may enter, how long or short your essay can be or whether it's typed or handwritten; just have it lo me by June 10,1976 (P.O. Box 758, Greeley). Voting is an important right, privilege and responsibility which we can lose if it is not exercised. Throughout the United States are communities that have as a Bicentennial project voter registration of all eligible people in their communities and record turnouts on election days. People of rural and urban Weld County, let's compete! Weld County residents who are eligible to register to vole, do so! Once registered be sure to vote in the elections to be held this year. Those who are already registered be sure to attend your neighborhood caucuses. Colorado is the only state celebrating her 100th birthday this year as America celebrates her 200th. We are special and Colorado is recognized continually among Iho top three states in the U.S. for the number of events and projects to celebrate the Bicentennial. Red, White and Blue Days were great for helping lo make more people aware and excited about the Centennial- Bicentennial. Because of the hard work and enthusiasm of (he people throughout Weld County's lowns, cities and rural areas, Weld County was jusl described by the Regional Director of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration as the mosl active counly in his six state western region. Let's keep up (hat excitement and involvement! Each and every one of us is needed to do that. Christine Kavalec, Chairman, Weld Counly C e n t e n n i a l - B i c e n t e n n i a l Commission The people behind Lincoln portrayal To The Tribune: In reflecting upon the completion of a rather satisfying "run" as Abraham Lincoln in a series of public school appearances, I wish to focus attention on those behind-the-scenes people who helped make this program a success. My initial (hanks to B. J. Undauer, coordinator of elementary social studies, and to her many school-level facilitators who put so much effort into preparation and scheduling. I am also much indebted to Lloyd Norton, associate professor of theater arts, UNC, for his talented assistance with make-up and to the UNC costuming department for their efforts in securing authentic apparel. Also, a tip of my stove-pipe hat to the staff of the Weld County Library for their assistance with research. And, lest I forget, a special, thank you to Norm Schaff, District Six manager of information, and to my dear friends Marcia Larm and Pete and Colleen Denzin for their encouragement and support. I'vesaved the best for last: Thank you, Mother and Father, for your assistance and for raising me to respect and emulate men like Abraham Lincoln. It is your example, as kind and loving parents, which is most responsible for your son's successes. Don-Paul Benjamin 1713 Gth St. Finds community has some great people To The Tribune: With all of the negative attitudes toward government, schools, and mankind in general being so prominent in the news, I wish to cite from personal experience some activities going on in (his community thai I tfiing arc great and have never been seen before. I have taught school in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Quanah), New Mexico, Hawaii, and American Samoa. Never have I known school board officials who took time to visit schools, talk and have lunch with teachers. After teaching school for 15 years, I saw for the first time, a superintendent talking with teachers in their lounge, showing interest in them and their problems. Professors at UNC ask, "How can I help you?" and more i m p o r t a n t - they mean it! Recently I contacted a professor at Aims Community College lo ask his advice on how to get a book that would give me specific information I needed. His reply was, "Let me bring it by your work; look it over before you decide if it is what you want." How many landlords would volunteer to put up an electric fence because you daughter's dog decided to roam? Where are there neighbors who tie a rope on a bucket in order to Id down extra food they bought to a puppy when the owner is at work or class all day? It is most unfair to leave out so many other incidents thai indicate people do care about other human beings, but space is limited. As a newcomer to the area, I simply want lo say, "Hey, you have some grcal people in this county!" J K y l e 2423 llth Ave. The 'dangers' of nuclear power By P A U L H A R V E Y Some of those scientists who were scared to death by Farraday's little black box - Some of the scientists who dreaded what would happen if his discovery -electricity -- were ever let loose on the world- Were right. Some people have been electrocuted. But it is now generally conceded that the hazard was exaggerated, that the benefits were worth the risk. Today we have some scientists running around shouting warnings about "the inherent dangers of nuclear power." Consumption of energy in the United States is growing 5 percent a year and compounding. Within 20 years we'll need twice as much as now. The obstructionists will not prevail. Over whatever objections, our nation will develop other kinds of energy in- eluding nuclear energy. The nuclear power people are discouraged hut they are not defeated. The increasing cost of nuclear plants is at best worrisome, but when you consider that your investtncnl might get plowed under by environmental lawsuits or governmental checkrcins, it's terrifying! Though nuclear reactors now provide 11 percent of our nation's electricity -safely -- public utilities have recently canceled construction contracts for 20 plants and have deferred 120 others. Thousands of scientists arc safely engaged in nuclear research and employed in nuclear power facilities, hut their expressions of confidence can be drowned out by one panic-peddler. Most vocal of the recent critics is Robert Pollard, a f o r m e r project manager for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who is capturing headlines with his dire diagnosis of "200 generic dangers in all nuclear plants." He tells the Congressional Joint Dateline 1776 By United Press International MOORE'S CREEK, N.C., Feb. 27 The armed forces of loyalist Highlanders made a dawn charge trying to cross Moore's Creek in the face of American opposition. The attack was repulsed in three minutes and the Highlanders routed. Subsequent capture of tbe loyalist leaders and 850 men netted 1,500 rifles. ISO broadswords and dirks, two medicine chests and about $75.000 in gold. Committee on Atomic Energy that "the potential exists for a large-scale loss of life." That could be said of any chemical factory, any munitions factory, any airliner, but we have learned to live with those acknowledged hazards. Alarmists will not hold back the dawn. A year ago our government's energy officials formally abandoned the nuclear breeder reactor. But last month a 147-page report by a House-Senate subcommittee urgently recommended development of the fast breeder reactor. The report slates that all potential hazards have been evaluated a n d , all factors considered, the committee's urgent recommendation is: Please hurry! This will not still Ihe alarmists. Atomic physicist Dr. Harold Urcy argues that "the proliferation of atomic power plants will poison the world - threatens death to us all." This is (he same Dr. Harold Urey who, 10 years ago, was saying that "man would never be able to land on the moon for both he and his vehicle would be swallowed up in an ocean of dust." c I97fi. l.os Angrlrs Time?
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