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.Thejdaho Free Press 4 The News-Tribune. Tuesday, Februarys. 197G-4 ' ' Opinion Today's editorial Planning conflicts ; Canyon County's planning and zoning commission recently refused lo rezone 20 acres just south of Caldwell to permit (he .'construction of a subdivision. ; The commission had every right to keep · the area zoned for agriculture. Such an act appeared consistent with the commission's recent strong feeling in save county farmland. The propriety of (he action, however, is questionable in light of the location of the Hilldrop No. 2 Subdivision plan. Hilldrop's edge is about a quarter-mile out of the city limits. If action is rcrniesled on property which lies wilhin an arbitrary one mile of any city, the request is forwarded to the city firsl. Apparently, thai move is only a cour- lesy. as illuslrated last Wednesday. Acknowleged by everyone speaking at ;lhe county meeting as .1 "well-planned" ·subdivision. Hilldrop N'o. 2 was scrutinized by the Caldwell planning commission. II .left there, going to the council wilh ."approval" -- a mark which effectively ·meant Ihe plan met city requirements. Caldwell's council said yes. and it was .off to the counly people. ; II is debatable whether the "approved by Caldwell" stamp meant the city ac- 'luiilly wanted Ihe subdivision lo gn there, "or whether the city meant it would simply tolerate Ihe subdivision if the county approved. !· It is notable, though, that two city council members who also serve un Ihe dounly planning board -- before voting in favor of Ihe rezoning -- spoke of Ihe city annexing land in (hat direction in the near future. Still, (he county planners droraeH The political platform Iliildrop. four lo three. One has lo ask why the county bothered lo ask for the city's input in Ihe firsl place. Though the cily and county comprehensive plans designate Ihe area for growth, the planners said no. Though Ihe cily implied the subdivision seemed to fit a pallern of orderly development. Ihe county still said no. The argument for saving valuable farm land from Ihe jaws of urban sprawl is very real: bul Ihe emphasis is on planning. The county's action did not reflect past input, .is evidenced by the comprehensive plan conflicts. What it did illustrate was need for a dialogue between county and cily in dealing with that mile-wide gray area running around each city. If it is felt by all representatives that Caldwell should not go in the direction of Hilldrop. turn it down. Save the land. But who knows what to do there now? The developers could put down $20 for an appeal to the counly commissioners. That again would lake more lime. As an illusiralion of Ihe time frame, a Nampa church representative lold Ihe commission Wednesday he first asked for rezoning for the church within a mile of Nampa seven months ago. After receiving Ihe Nampa seal of approval, (he church request went down lo defeat behind the subdivision at Ihe sweep of the county's hand. The actions appeared a discourtesy to both Ihe applicants and the city planners. Responsible planning in cily impact areas will require greater communication than what has been shown lo dale. Congressional test track BvOe ^WASHINGTON (UPl) -Polilical party platforms are generally considered lo be the most heavily debated, least read and hardly ever followed documents to come o(il of Ihe quadrennial conventions. ;Now one of the greatest debating bodies in Ihe world -- Congress -- wants lo gel irilo the act of drafting (he Democrats' platform for 1976. and why nol? If you can believe the polls not many people ihink much of what Congress does anyway. -;But the idea has merit for those who think party platforms are important, since the bulk of the goals, proposals and promises depend on congressional action. . "Our aim should be lo develop (he basis for a platform lhal the members of Congress, the presidential candidate and the majority of our party can embrace to the greatest extenl possible." said Speaker Carl Albert last June when he instructed chairmen of all 21 standing committees of Ihe House lo come up with proposals lo be ppl before the platform committee. ; About people ·"We cannot resign ourselves to making money by pulling deadly weapons in Ihe h'andsof olhers. The commerce of arms i. becoming an institution My cry. which is lhal of thousands of men and women who are wounded or dying, is lhal we must build peace." -- Francoise Cardinal Marly. Archbislmp of Paris, appealing to the French gin cm- incut lo curb sales of French-produced weapons In other nations. "We will 'not: punish countries like Iran. Brazil. Kg\p! or Nigeria (for voting for: the Zionism resolution. Their raw materials and political influence are lm important to us Ralher it will be Ihe (iuyanas and Tanzania* of the world lhal will suffer our wrath because they can't fight back Our country will he Ihe neighborhood bully, picking on small kids who can'l defend themselves " -- Ki'V. Theodorr M. llcshurgh, I'residrnl uf \otre Dame I im mil .ind chairman of (he )\ersr:is Di'M'Inpincnl Cnunul. nc Rcrnhardl "Lp lo now members of the House of Representatives have had litlle or only incidental input into Ihe Democratic platform on which you run," Albert told the chairmen in what lias to be an understatement. Party leaders as well as the rank and file members (real congressmen like unwanted guesls at convenlions. So the idea of at least one body of Congress -- Ihe Senate was nol consulted by Albcrl and has shown little it any interest in Ihe project -- going lo Ihe party and saying. "Here fellows, Ihis is whal we think should and can be passed in the nexl Congress regardless if our man wins or not," has merit. Albert himself plans to present the finished product lo the platform committee at its hearings in Washington starling June 14. His reception by the rank and file on the committee is certain lo be polite and if the panel has any sense it will also pay attention. The committees met an Oct. 1 deadline for filing preliminary reports with a task force Alberl set up and which is headed by Joseph P. McMurray. a veteran of federal, stale and local government policy making positions, an economist and former president of Ihe College of New Rochclle and Queens College of the City University of New York. The preliminary reports were a mishmash, (or Ihe most part, of whal the chairmen felt should be enacted. But Ihere were indications (hat the final proposals would be more on target such as the House Budget Committee's blueprint for the economy, the major issue of Ihe upcoming campaign. Chairman Brock Adams wrote Albert lhal with congressional backing a Democralic administration could cut the current 8.3 per cent unemployment level to Cper cent by the end of 1977. lo 5 per cenl in 1978 and to 4 per cent by 1979. Inflation could be reduced to an annual rate of G per cent and the gross national product could grow by 7 per cent a year. This could all be achieved. Adams wrote, w-hile writing into permanenl law Ihe big lax reduction enacted in 1975 and which has been carried over to at least [he firsl six months of 1976. Such is the stuff lhat makes up political platforms but for Ihe first lime il would be put in writing by Ihe people in a position lo make it come true. The News-Tribune and En-erefl as ieco n a tr'as*. TO'T;- ·;· ·· ? P^-- G' : :e 01 Narrpa. .do^o. ^nc'e' :;' c.i V,.v;" fl 16/9 All nni.cos 'oq-xed b, ::*. o- c-dt- c- (·-.·." -,' CCr.*pe'ei"' |ji" Sd ;r en '.) t:C [Xt S^t-d JVOf', wil be PU.D "ii-of - tl «e Sav!,i, ssi,r» V ·'. · popo p rjjrs^-v IQ ^ec'.r.- 60 luS ' C '·$(',, n, cMoed-'-e-o'cbyOcp-e- 16-1 " 9 3 3 Se^o-Un^s o f irj-iho SUBSCRIPTION RATES Cor'ier, per monih S3.25 Carrier, per year $39.00 BYMAIL: (Poiri ,nadvance) 1 monih. . . $3.50 6 momhs. $20.00 3 monies . $10.25 1 year ... $39.00 T^i newspaper rcse'/es ihe rigKi 'o a''0' ""c eApiroiion date o ( cny paid .n advance iut scr.pi,on ihojld ir-ere be on od,usff"eni in lubsc'ipiion rare: -ADAMJ. KALB- THE NEWS-TRIBUNE e« Manager Ad* D 9 f^O'Cl Colfman Etl 'Cr .cr-nnJW.'Imnn. Cr V f j IDAHO FREE PRESS '.c"v B ''. Eai'c- JC i-nd"olfi.C.r Dr Kpilh B'-(jgV Ccrrposir-.g FO Cho p 'ei, V.cCoy. Press Fo c Letters 'Two cents' on Pioneer Bon voyage! Washington window To The Editor: 1 would like to put in my livo cents worth aboul construction workers in relation to such projects as the Pioneer plant. Lately your paper has carried a lot of statements placing ih* blame on us for overpopulating (owns close to such sights and causing such inconveniences as unemployment after Ihe sight is completed. I lived in Hock Springs, Wyo. for three years. We moved (hero wilh the impact of cnnLlruclion workers. All the difficulties attributed to construction workers existed before we even hit the town. The energy crisis was in full swing and the coal mines were opening up. Plants such as F.M.C. was in the process of expanding and had been for a few years. The (own had been warned jboul Ihe influx to expect, but had Chosen 'o lake (he old ostrich approach-put your head in Ihe sand and ignore Ihe situation. The schools were overcrowded, the downtown situation was impossible, and buying groceries was an all-morning chore. By Ihe time I moved, three years laler, (here were two new shopping centers, two supermarkets. a new junior high, and at least two new grade schools. There were neiv eating places and new housing [badly needed for years) new churches and remodeled theaters. These were full all Ihe time, not left for Ihe prior citizens to support as indicated by people that don't have firsthand information aboul such things. The main improvement was Ihe new hospital thai was being built lo replace the condemned one. I arr just trying to show that nol all jobs such ;is the Jim Hridger power plant leave destruction behind. The unemploymenl after (he job is done shouldn't he all attributed to us. The average construction worker could no more exist on unemployment than the average valley family here could. In this valley you have such a higher rale of skilled workers than Rock Springs had that Ihere wouldn't be the influx (hat lh«y had. In these skilled unions the local is emptied first and Ihen the call goes out for men from others. In fact this plant would actually lake care of some of your unemployed. From first-hand knowledge. I can slale that a normal construction worker will move on after the job is completed. Another factor is that a good percentage of (he workers won'l even move their families into the area, (hey will commute (o (heir already established homes in olher areas. This causes a motel and hotel boom and adds lax dollars to the towns lo take care of the inconveniences. As for the increase in rent, don't blame us We would ralher pay $150 a month then S250 any lime. It's (he greediness of the landlord not the renter. Don'l lake this wrong. I'm not all in favor of building a plan! you don't need. I jusl want Ihe conslruction worker who docs his job as you do to get Ihe break he deserves. There are other jobs for us, but I'm fed up with gelling the blame for what progress requires. We are norms! people doing our jobs -- not Ihe money greedy people we are made out to be. My family attends church three times a week, when possible, and that is the first place we hunt for after we are moved Some of the olher families that have moved into your area here lo work on oilier jobs aren't asgoodascitizensasyou would gel from us,bul even in our work (here are the bad citizens who people lend to single oul and use for labeling us all. One oilier thing. Ihere is no way you can compare Hock Springs to Alaska's situation. I feel they are as far apart as the North and South Pole 1 know Ihis is long and ainaleurish. bul I jus! had to ge! mj two cents worth in, Mrs. Ina Mae Ruxlon Nampa Snow up to your navel YWCA classes applauded WASHINGTON' (UPIl - The Campaign Answer Man has jusl relumed from his firsl political fact-finding expedition. Wilh the snow of New Hampshire in his hair and the sand of Florida in his shoes, the A.M. is ready to tell all. Question: Before we talk about the primaries, perhaps you could fill us in on the Iowa and Oklahoma caucuses. Which of the candidates do you think did bpsl in (hose tests? Answer Man: Nn question aboul it. Uncommitted is Ihe definite leader in those states. It was a very low profile campaign, wilh nn promises and no speeches and the people took very well lo it. Queslion: But uncommitted is jusl a stale of mind. Answer Man: Exaclly. The perfect candidate for Ihis period of political alienalion. Doesn't offend anyone with a position on abortion or marijuana and has no record to snipe al. Not many people know this, but Uncommitted is planning a coalition with that chap Uon'l Know, who has been doing so well in the public opinion polls, and I look for an unbeatable ticket lo develop. Question: Perhaps we better turn to the primary stales. What did you find in New Hampshire? Answer Man: Snow up lo your navel. Lots of presidential candidates. I-ols of friends of presidential candidates. Lots and lols of reporters and columnists. Question: But ivhal arc the voters saying? Answer Man: The voters? Oh, nobody sees them. They stay indoors. People in President's wives Ity Arnold Sawisluk New Hampshire know better than lo go out in weather like that. Question: Well, how about Florida? They aren't all indoors there, are they? Answer Man: No. indeed. They're fishing from the highway bridges. One of these days Ihe candidates are going lo realize the only way you can get a voter's attention in Florida is to tug on his bobber. There will be a big run on snorkels and scuba gear when that sinks in. Question: Well, what arc the people talking about in Florida 1 ! Answer Man: The weather in New Hampshire. Also the high cost of blond worms. Question: Well, how aboul Ronald Reagan? We hear he's projecting well in bolh New Hampshire and Florida. Answer Man: Well, some of those old films are gelling a bit dim, bul they all like him in that movie where he punts a football and dies so Pal O'Brien can give a pep lalk lo Ihe team. Question: How aboul President Ford? Answer Man: If he runs, he may do beller lhan you might expect, Queslion: They say Ihere is a "Slop Carter" campaign under way in (hose states. Did you run into that?" Answer Man: No. but I found onesuliurb wilh a cluster of stores that had a big sign saying "Slop 'N Shapp." Queslion: Well, did you find any support for Rirch Bayli? Answer Man: liayh won't sell. Question: How about Church? Answer Man: Only on Sundays. Question: Well, come on. Who's going to win in New Hampshire? Answer Man: I'm uncommitted on thai. To The Editor: 1 read with interest Supl. Rex Engelking's comments on adult education al the recenl meeting of Nninpa School trustees. Apparently Ihere have been requests for a community education program. Perhaps some Nampa residents arc nol aware lhal there has been a fine adull education program for several years a\ the Canyon County Y.W.C.A. Classes are open to bolh men and women. The kinds of classes offered depend entirely on ivlial Ihe public requests. I might add lhat Ihe Y.W.C.A. puls together Ilieir adult education program on a proverbial financial ·'shoestring." since ''··· help of qualified volunteers is often used. The classes are entirely self- supporting. Idaho citizens have a long history of being independent and "doing for themselves." ralher lhan asking the government lo continually provide services. In view of Ihis. 1 ihink that residents of Canyon County should actively support those private, non-profit agencies which already provide services efficiently. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that we must all pay for adult community education with our tax dollars, whether we take classes or not. bul support of a private, non-profit agency is voluntary. Diane C. Urakefietd Interdependence opposed Ford's better half L»y Helen WASHINGTON (UPIl Harry S Truman h.id "the Boss;" Dwighl Eisenhower had his "Mamie." and Gerald II. Ford has his "beller half." They were all speaking of Iheir wives, Ihe various firsl ladies of the land to occupy Ihe White House through their presidencies. lint Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower were cul from a similar political mold. Both were unswerving supporters and open advocates of their husbands' programs. Rarely venturing anopinion of their own in public. While Belly Ford is Ihe strongest supporter of the President, she has cut new political paths for herself, and perhaps for her successors. Firsl ladies used to say there could be jusl "one voice" in the family. With Betty Ford, the nalinn mm- sees a firsl lady supporting Ihe Supreme Court's abortion ruling, departing from Ihe President's expressed wish lhal ihe mailer he left lo the slates lo decide. And there have been Ihe much publicized opinions on sex and marijuana from Mrs. Ford, bul Ihe President views his wife's outspokencss as a polilicil plus. "She's ahead of me in the popularity polls," Ford proudly tells his audiences. Indeed, audiences along Ihe campaign Irail have pointedly asked for Mrs. Ford's opinion on a number of issues. A woman in Kccne, N.H., asked if Mrs. Ford had influence over events and whelhcr she had any special projects. Mrs. Ford lold Ihe questioner of her work for Iht mentally relardcd and underprivileged children in Washington even before moving to Ihe While House. She also was a Sunday School leather and a About people Thnmns member of Ihe I'arenl Teachers Association. While she did not include il, she could have added thai she has lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment, endearing her in Ihe process In some women who now- sport "I'm for Betty Ford's husband" campaign buttons. Mrs. Fnrd, according to the While House physician, has "conquered her confrontation" with cancer, following breast surgery in 1974. And though apparently still lacking Ihe stamina required for relentless campaigning. Mrs. Ford listens attentively lo her husband on the stump without the frozen smile lhat has traditionally marked a politician's wife. She plans lo make a week-long solo (rip lo Florida to beat the drum for her husband. To The Kdilor: Whal is a DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE? I can'l remember of reading anything in Ihe local newspapers aboul such a document or seeing it aired on national tv. The document is a pardoy of the language in Ihe Declaration of Independence and calls lor "...one global community, dependent on one body of resources, bound together by lies of common humanity and associated in a common adventure on the plane! earlh." The declaration of INTKIUIependence is promoted by Ihe World Affairs Council and other groups favoring global government. A formal call for interdependence is planned for July 4.1970. the anniversary of Ihe signing o! the Declaration" of Independence. This document aljn asserts thai "lo establish a new world order of compassion, justice andsccurity.il is essential Paul Harvey comments Union troops that mankind tree itself from the limitations of national prejudice - - lhat all people arc part of one global community." I fount! it quite interesting to learn that a delegation of len congressmen, representing 92 House members and 32 senators signed a Declration of Interdependence al Independence Hall in Philadelphia recently, and guess who one of those senators was 1 ? OUR OWN FRANK CHURCH. Now the question arises in my mind - Why is Senalor Church in favor of a one world government'' Why is he part of » plan to usurp America's sovereignly 1 ? Anyone who lends Iheir name and support to a document must surely know its contents. Is the pride and love we have for our country considered national prejudice? I for one. intend to ask Senator Church. Mrs. Yiolc! Wolff Parrna I The views of this newspapet appear only in "Today's editorial," while all olher comments and opinions are those ol Itie individual columnisi. Readers' comments are encouraged in the form ol letiers lhat should ml exceed 300 wnrds in lengih. All leiters must be signed and contain the address ol ihe writer, leiters should be typewritten and content is subject to approval or condensation by Ihe editorial board. "A gucsl asked me if Henry Hudson ever slepl al (he holel. ami I told him. "Not since I have been (he owner."" -- IrvinK Schal/. mn»r of N« York City's Henry lludsnn lluK-l. Three unions are contemplating "organizing" our military men. Three separate labor organizations are considering going afler our troops: The American Federation nf Covern- mcnt Kmployes. The Assn. of Civilian Technicians The N.iiinnnl Maritime Union. It's not inconceivable. Some members of our armed forces did Iry In organize .1 union during Ihe Vietnamese war His Labor's George Mc.iny opposed il (hen He's nol opposing il now. You can remember when il \v,is inconceivable that schoolteachers \i-nuld ever be unioni/.ed. And police and firemen going on strike was beyond imagining Yet as surely as these impossibilities have been realized, unions of milil.irv personnel arc increasingly likely The AKL-CIO which has studied Ihe issue for mnnihs, finds no constitutional restraints which would prohihi' military personnel from becoming union members. In Ihe Netherlands, Sweden and Wesl Germany service personnel belong (o unions. American unions, stagri.ilini; or shrinking, arc understandably tempted bv the potenlial for more members, more power and more dues. The right to strike is denied lo federal government employes bul Ihis has not prevented slrikes in t!:e U.S. Poslal Service. Increasingly unions - even unions of schoolteachers - thumb Iheir noses al federal court orders. Ano besides. Big Labor is going to consider an cffnrl In change those no- slrike laws at this year's September convenlion. So far the Pentagon appears more amused than anxious. A cartoonist has played with the idea of nn invading army of union members being turned back by a picket line on the beach And if you are distressed by the picture Hy Pant llarvoj of Mean George Meanv negoliaiing military pay. living conditions, discipline meals, pensions and fighting conditions. imagine the more ominous situalion if a union leader nf lesser conscience - lesser patriotism than Meany - were in effect "in command" of our'armed forces In Brilain in 7-t the Communist leader of that nation's miners. Mick McGahey. was able in overthrow ihe Healh government. The Naval Reserve Assn.. Ihe Reserve Officers Assn. and the American Legion have said ihey will fighl Ihis plan lo unionize cur troop? bul ihcse organizations arc likely \ a ] c , a || , heir s(eam b]ow Qff . the whistle-while Ibe Assn. of Civilian Technicians ( ACTi is already preparing to distribute sign-up cards to 700.000 riser- And the American Kederation of (.m-crnmcnl Kmployes i AFGE) will make its move m September. ·/"', imi ' 8 ' ne how our na| i°ri's ual adversaries must be responding his national hara-kiri in Ihe Uniled · We expose our own spies vT ^ cmlcm l jla 'e subjecting our . y leaders lo (he supervision of One looks on and wonders ""'".'-"*""...T im .. : TodayVihoughtl novelTM. ~ Charte Wngstey. English ·

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