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The [data Free Press The N'ews-Tribune, Wednesday, February 25.1CT6 - 4 Opinion Today's editorial Dying of the light ··.·' "Rage, rage against the dying of the ,-light. Dn noi go genlle into lhal good night." ..- Dylan Thomas wrote those familiar lines - M reference to physical death, bul they r. seem well applied to the death of an idea T'here in Nampa. precipitated lasl week by -,lhe vote of three members of the city council to scrap the comprehensive plan i and go with commercial building on I2th -Avenue Road. '..-Perhaps those lines are ;ill the more ··applicable as a call lo the citizens of \ampa. that the death is not yet complete -and Dial if (hey will s!ir fhem'sches out of "the common lethargy soon enough and ' w i t h enough force, the integrity of the 'Comprehensive plan may still be saved. -'-While it is true that a major blow has 'been delivered to the plan and its dike 1 against the floodwalers of commercial development, which threaten lo inundate -the city on all sides, t h a t blow need not 'necessarily be irreparable. 'Ihe vote lasl week was to ask that the city attorney · draw up an ordinance allowing cum- 'mercial business on 12th Avenue Road, ^ut that ordinance and the accompanying prie rezoning the area must be read in front jf the council three limes and given a final Approval before they become law. »' The first reading is next Momlay. March 1J with subsequcnl readings on the 15th of Anarch and 5lh of April. Only after the third reading April 5 (unless the measure is gushed through under suspension of the rplcsi. can Ihc measure be declared in {ffect. with the following onslaught of bulldozers beaded south. »' In planning commission session Tucsdav morning, the fear was expressed, anil Jistly. 'hat (he opening of 12th Avenue Kpad is only the beginning. The proposed ordinance is a precedent -- one which says that the comprehensive plan is of little ijoncern to makers of city policy and that cijmmercial stripping development along ndr major roads is completely feasible, fjis means if pressure on planning commission members is any indication. that Midland Boulevard and Karcher Road will not be far behind for commercial development. It was also noted during Tuesday's meeting that even without the update on the comprehensive plan, which is expected early this summer, orderly growth in businesses catering to persons building in the southland is taken care of under the original plan. At least four areas are designated under the plan to serve commercial needs, preferably in neighborhood center-type development, as (he population in the south grows. There is no need for the stripping action apparently lo he sanctioned under the proposed change; in fact, that slripping action was one of the major problems foreseen by (he 19G8 planners and specifically warned against. The question now becomes: Do the people gf Nampa really care enough to pick uj, Ihe fight and carry il to its conclusion, whatever that may be? For the fight need not be over, although a major bailie has been lost. Cilizens of Nampa must ask themselves if they want duplicates of Caldwell Boulevard dispersed throughout Nampa: down Midland, down Karcher, down 12lh Avenue Uoad. If Ihe people feel strongly lhal commercial businesses should be restrained and allowed to grow only in orderly blocks when and where necessary around the city, then there is still lime. Cily councilmen are representatives of Ihe'peuple. elected to (to Ihe job of making (he decisions on the crucial issues confronting the city. Rut Ihey are not infallible. A campaign now to contact members of the council personally and to be present in force nl Ihe next three council sessions, speaking against the proposed zoning and comprehensive plan change during Ihe open forum which is always a part of the sessions, could go a long way Inward gelling the council to table Ihe proposal before il becomes law and allows irrevocable changes to take place in our city. The time is late, and Ihe fighl would have Ijeller been fought at the public hearing last week. But on an issue this important and with as many far-reaching effects, the fighl musl go on until (he very lasl "dying of the light." Roll call report WASHINGTON - Here's how area Ambers of Congress were recorded on sjajor roll call votes between Feb. 16, Wf,en the Lincoln's Birthday recess ended, tstt Pel). 18. it- IIOUSK HNOIANA D I N K S - Passed, 272 for and j^ against, a bill ( H H 114551 to greally «4)arge the Indiana Dunes N a t i o n a l Cjkeshore. located along Lake Michigan ^northern Indiana. The bill, authorizing 5* expenditure of S53.5 million lo add 4,340 afl-es to Ihe 8.329-acre national park, was siril lo (he Senate. Supporters ciled brord-based regional ·x$porl. from the business sector as well ^environmentalists, for expanding the p^k. Rep. Edward Roush. D-Ind., said IjSt "the natural resources we would preserve by these additions are vanishing, oijrl time will nol make Ihose left any cji«aper in cost." »Jn opponent. Rep. Joe Skubitz, R-Kan., sajjl that (he "hodgepodge of parcels" s|^(ed for acquisition are of no national sijpiificance. and cited Ihe backlog of n«0onal park projecls already approved bJ-Congress but not yet funded. He added: "jf there was ever a park bill lhal should bej/etocd. it is this one." 5jep. Steven Symms ( K - l I volcd "nay." 3**p. George llansen (11-21 did nol vote. JJONKAIL -- Passed. 298 for and 95 a|4inst. a bill iIIJ Res 8011 appropriating Sj^illion through September. 1979 for implementing the reorganization of seven baiikrupl northeastern and miriu-estern raijroads inlo the quasi-governmenlal cojooralion called Conrail. TTie bill provides capital and nperaling trijjiey. a federal investment thai would be recovered as Ihe new system struggles out ofjlebt. It was sent to the Senate. gr.e supporter. Hep. Silvio C'onte. K- Mass.. said lhat Conrail is ready lo take ovjr (he 17,fKH)-mile bankrupt system, and thgl wilhoul quick approval of the funds th»(e will occur Ihis spring "a complete breakdown of rail freight service Ihrcmghoul mosl of (he Northeast..." An opponent. Rep. William Armstrong. K-Colo. said that burdensome federal regulations drove Ihe railroads to bankruptcy, and lhat (he "outlook is for perpetual subsidies" to Conrail unless Congress removes barriers to railroad profitability. One barrier he cited was (he Interstate Commerce Commission regulation of freight rates, which he said have "hamstrung the industry." Symms and llansen voted "nay." SENATE OFFICIALSECRKTS -- Rejected, 36 for and 44 against, an amendment to allow a President to continue the practice of classifying some information contained in his annual report lo Congress on military aid to foreign countries. II was proposed to S2662, which authorizes 53 billion through the fiscal period ending next September in foreign military aid. As later passed and sent to the House, the bill requires a President to make full disclosure of details on such aid. Sen. John Tower. R-Tex., the sponsor, said thai wilhoul his legislation "Ihe disclosure syndrome" in Congress will send foreign governments elsewhere in search of arms. An opponent. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., said Ihe annual presidential report is only a "general review" of U.S. military aid, (he disclosure of which is unlikely to harm Ihe national intcrcsl. Sens. Frank Church (I)) and James McClure i l l ) did nol vole. AMJOl.A AID -- Rejected. 21 for and 70 againsl. an amendment lo delete a prohibition against the U.S. government providing covert military aid to any faction in Angola. The ban is part of S262 ( a b o v e ) , a foreign m i l i t a r y aid authorization bill for Ihe current fiscal year. Mc( lure \oled "yea" and Church votfd "nav." f/ie News-Tribune and 15*1)0 fttt Ptt00 h - PL.-bli'.hed e f e n r c^ ecop- Sunany a 1 316 Ter 1 '" '\A,e Souih. No-T-pa lnn"o 33o51 b, Ca".yo- I, ai No--npa. ida^o, u-ser CKI of Marcn B. 1879 'All ro'ices requ if cd by la^ or orde' of cou" of *;ccTipeierr n,n^diciiO" ro be pub'-shed weekly " wll be published -n ihe Sa'^rdo/ issue cf 'ins "odded ir,r?rt?'o by C' cp'er I6J )°33Sess'on Uiv-s \ SUBSCRIPTION RATES * Carrier, per mamh $3.25 "·Carrier, per year $39.00 ; BY MAIL: [Paid in advance) j I month... $3.50 6 moniris . $20 CO ·3 months . $10.25 1 year ... $39.00 This newspaper reserves ihe righr to al-er ihe expiro'ion Jo'e ot oiy paid in advance ;ub scripiion should ihcre be 01 adiusirrcr-i m subscriohon roles -ADAiViJ. KAL8- P'Miilom. Publisher THE NEWS-TRIBUNE Joseph R. Parkei, us.i«i,Manager Mi Director Gcl-aidColrVnoivfd.'oi fii;Hrad Williami C". Ify IDAHO FREE PRESS Jf nine Luik, Bus-less Wanoqcr Inrry B Gnrdrer. Ej-io- C Rf.ben Boll Ad; Di'Ciror JC l.irjho!rn.O D.' Kc.inBr ggv Composing Foreman Clior'es McCoy. Press Foremen Letters The innocent bystander Ronnie the Red By Arthur Hoppi- Rise loday in defense of Ronald Reagan. No matter what his critics may charge, there is not one shred of concrete proof that he is presently a member of the Communist party. True, in the only major economic proposals of his campaign thus far, he has espoused the two basic principles of Marxist-Leninism: redislribution of Ihe wealth and government ownership of Ihe means of production Bul Ihis certainly doesn't make him it Communist. Not necessarily. + + + Actually, there is much to bcsaid for Mr. Reagan's bold Four Year Plan (n redistribute the wealth. As you know, he is . culling for relurning ?90 billion, (or $200 biHion or sotnMRftgf VorlYT nf ''fe'derat programs lo the stales. Apparently, he is not referring here to our federal nuclear warfare capacity, although this isn't loo clear. Bul he probably means welfare programs primarily Naturally, a poor slate like Mississippi would be unable to support a welfare recipient as regally as a rich stale like California. But, as Mr. Reagan points out, poor Mississippians could "vote with their feet" by walking lo California. This influx of poor would, of course, impoverish California. But why should bloated California capitalists greedily enjoy the fruits of (heir labor? And, eventually, under Mr. Reagan's plan, all 50 slales would achieve the Marxist dream and be equally poor. More difficult to defend is Mr. Reagan's Foreign commentary suggestion Dial the $58 billion in Social Security trusl funds, which now earn fi.7 per cent in federal bonds, might bettor Ire invested in the stock market. Speaking in behalf of Mr. Ford. Elliol Richardson was quick lo say this would "put the U.S. Government in Ihe position of controlling every major industrial firm in Ihe United States." Well, whal's wrong with the government controlling Ihe means of production? With S:")8 billion In play w i t h , the government could buy short, sell long and maybe even corner Ihe market in hogback futures. Il could make a k i l l i n g , if il was lucky. Truo, il would bankrupt a lot of widows and orphans in Ihe process and undoubtedly destroy the nation's f a i t h in Wall Street. Bul as Karl M a r x said alxnil Wall Street, "Who needs il?" And Ihink how excited if that's the right word our t r u s t i n g old folks will be when .Mr. Reagan removes Iheir life savings from (hose slodgy old G.7 per cent federal bunds lo l a k e a flyer in the slock market. Meek, "excited" isn't even close to the righl word. + -t- -' Hut just because Mr. Heagan wants to destroy accumulated wealth, individual initiative, private properly and Ihe free enterprise system, lhal doesn't mean he's a card-carrying Communist. Fair is fair. Me could be a Trolskyist. a Utopian .Socialist or - let's be charitable and give him the benefit nf the doubt - a presidential candidate who doesn't know what on earth bo's t a l k i n g about. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co.l East feels the pinch The views of this newspaper appear only in "Today's editorial," w.hile all other .comments and opinions are Ihose of the individual columnist, fieao'ers' comments .are encouraged in ihe form of letters thai should not exceed 300 words in length. IAH letters musl be signed and contain trie address of the writer. Letters should be ·typewritten and content is subject lo approval or condensation by the editorial hoard. l i y l t i r l K BELGRADE Illl'I) - The sagging economies of Ihe industrialized West have hit one of Yugoslavia's biggest growth exports -- laborers. For unlike [heir counterparts elsewhere in the Communist Kast, Yugoslavs are permitted to travel lo the Wesl whenever Ihey like. They need no more than a passport. C-ovcrnment figures indicate lhal not only did the number of Yugoslav workers in the West stop growing after five; pars of continuous increase, il lurned drastically downward in 1975. Yugoslav laborers in Western Europe, searching for work as far north as Su-rolen u-liere 25,000 of (hem have found juhs. sent home about SI.5 billion lasl year. The importance of Ihe hard currency sent lo families al home cannot be minimized. That money did more to reduce (he jtf.li billion balance of payments deficit than all the tourists who brmighl $780 million into (he country last year. And il helps the families al home as much as il helps Ihe nation of 22 million generally, particularly in Ihe face of n 24 per cenl inflation rate lasl year. A [ Quirks ~) CHARLESTON, W. Vi,. (Ul'I) - Will the owner of a missing set of false teeth claim Inem? Robert Guerranl says he noticed a set of false teeth while walking along a street on New Year's Day. He figured Ihe false teeth probably fell from the mouth of a merrymaker who got carried away with watching the old year run out. "My first reaction was to leave them alone," iid Guerrant. "Ixitcr. I started thinking (here might he somebody who wants to claim his teeth, so 1 went back and got them." Guerrant promised lo turn over Ihc Icclh lo Ihe owner and lo "prolect his idcnlily." "This could be prelty embarrassing," he said. rd C. (Irctss devaluation of the dinar planned for Jan. l did not come off. Bul the big auto industry layoffs in Western Kurope and generally declining employment there led 115,000 Yugoslavs to drop (heir tools and rclurn home between H)74 and l!75. government figures .showed. In ISI70, 783.000 Yugoslavs were employed abroad. Knur years later, the figure had grown to I.l2:!,nob. Thai number dropped to 950,000 by (lie end of last year. In Western Kurope alone, the Yugoslav work force decreased from HflO.OOO lo 765,000, statislics showed. Mosl of ihe. Yugoslav laborers m a k e Ihr-ir temporary home in Wesl Germany, n n e of Kurope's most p r o d u c t i v e economics with one of its strongest currencies. Bul even there a drop occurred, with ,"15,000 Yugoslavs in West Germany in 1974 compared with 4:W.W)0 al Ihe end of 1975. "Largely, it's because »f Ihe siluation in Ihe Western economy," a government spokeswoman said. She said the laborers do noi leave Yugoslavia permanently, as e m i g r a n t s , but only as t e m p o r a r y residents seeking employment. They come home when they lose (heir jobs, she said. Yugoslavs do work elsewhere in Eastern Kurope. but the. spokesman said Iheir numbers are so minisculethal they are nol even counted. Additionally, Ihey work only on a conlract basis for special projecls and thus Ihc job is temporary. For example, the spokesman said, there are Yugoslavs now working in Czechoslovakia and others building a hotel in Yalta on the Soviet Black Sea coasl. Al home, nearly 450.000 Yugoslavs oul of Die 4.7 million work force are unemployed Recognizing lhal reluming workers only will add lo Ihe rale of unemployment, a lop Communist party labor official recently said "one of Ihe mosl significant tasks of our society" is lo tind jobs for (he [hotisands who have come back. The proposed 1976-80 plan envisions jobs for another 1.5 million persons, a third of lhal mimlK-r lo In; replacements for those who will retire within Ihis period. Power bill protested To The Editor: Open Letter to Idaho Power Co. and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission: Nul only is our lighting dependent on the electric service, but so is the heat and refrigeration of individuals, merchants, and public complexes. And every advertisement by Idaho Power giving "power saving hints" adds to the cost of our rales During the last billing period we suffered six power failures. The shortest of which was for one hour and 20 minutes. The others averaged one hour ond 45 minutes In fact our monthly usage was rv.irtlv 20 kilowatt hours less than the previous month, but our bill was exactly $2 more. I find it difficult lo decide whether these power outages are intentional so you can p r o m o t e propaganda for Pioneer or nuclear planls. or if in fact it is just a mailer of Nineteenth Century service at Twentieth Century rates. While the public is busy celebrating our nation's Bicentennial and forgetting the depression, il appears the public utilities are equally busy adding to the inflation. I should send a lea bag, but the payment will be sent: UNDER PROTEST! Hen K. Webb Melba Shopping center opposed To The Editor: II would lie very interesting lo know whose pockets stand lo he lined by the building of the proposed shopping center lo he located just off Twelvelh Avenue Road. What N'nmpa does not need is one more shopping center. Certainly we the people ilon'I need or want it. The centers wo have now are more than adequate to relieve us of any and all shekels we can garner in. There being no apparent need for such a shopping center, why asphalt a perfectly good 21 acres of land lo appease a greedy few 1 Believe us. lhal Zl-acrc plot will never be Ihe same once Ihe developers attack' it with their destrueiive (in the name of progress?) equipment. G. Norton Nampa School history sought To The Editor: We would like In know if anyone who went In Roosevelt School in the past would be willing lo share some pictures, in- fnrmalion anil stories with us. We arc planning lo write a history of Uooscvell School and it would he in- lereslinu lo have some data. Letter from Britain We promise to return all borrowed Hems in Ihe same condition wv received them. If you can l» of any help lo us. please contact Itnosevpll Elementary School a! 4GG-1261. Thank you. 4lh Grade. Room ft Roosevelt School Linda Tewksbury. Teacher Tears over Moynihan? I l Y . I ' i h n l . u i k Kow tears are being shed in London over Daniel Moynihan's sudden decision lo resign .is United States Ambassador lo the United Nations and rclurn to his Harvard professorship. And thereon lungs a clue if mil a talc worth pursuing. In ;m address In the Royal I n s t i t u t e of bileriialiiiiiiil Affairs i B r i t a i n ' s equivalent In Ihe Council on l-'oreign Affairs), Mr. I v o r H i e - h a r d , B r i t a i n ' s p e r m a n e n t representative al Ihe United Nations, spelled inn what if mil the letter is al least Ihe .spirit of B r i t a i n ' s o f f i c i a l view on M n y n i h a n ' s d e p a r t u r e . According l o Richard, from Ihe British poinl of view M n y n i h a n had succeeded in nothing more t h a n ammvmu Ihe I'nited States' friends ami allies anil encouraging her enemies.. Nnl only iiad Mnynihan. on Richard's view, undrnninni lhc credibility and effectiveness of Dr. Kissinger and Ihe entire ilclnitc exercise, bul his tactless a t t a c k s had endangered the West as a whole through fostering rancor and bil- fenK'.ss. U.uik is a [nriner Rhodes Scholar frnir. N o r t h w e s t Na/arcne College, who is now t e a c h i n g a l O x f o r d ( ' d i v e r s i t y i n Kngliind.i M r R i c h a r d ' s s u r p r i s i n g l y f r a n k remarks reveal a difference 'of q u i t e scrimis proportions in Ihe perception among Ihe Western allies nf Ihe role of the I'liiled Nations. On Mr. Richard's reading. the L'nilcd N a t i o n s is divided into roughly twn .soils of member s t a t e s : Ihose that believe, like Britain that I lip I'niied Nations is an " i n t e r n a t i o n a l " organization and should he used primarily (or international policy and purposes, and those thai believe, l i k e Ihc I'niicd Slalps or presumably Hun portion of the United Slates lhal Mr. Moynilian represent, itol Ihe United Nations is n o t h i n g more t h a n an arena for ideological c o n f r o n t a t i o n between the handful nf genuine democracies and the rest of Ihe developing ami Communist world, and should IIP iijwl as a means for f u r t h e r i n g ··national" i n t e r e s t s T h e problem w i t h M r . R i c h a r d ' s r e m a r k s is l h a l Ihey manage both lo misrepresent Ihe position of Moynihan and Ihc I'nilwi States ami confirm ihe British in t h e i r long-held illusion ih;,i tmil, ihejr nwn and Ihe U n i t e d Slalcs's hcsl interests arc In he found in an adherence in the Dm-li-hie of Ihe Oilier Cheek. If R i c h a r d ' s hart taken (lie trmihli- ;, r( . ; , t | jj r M o y n i h a n ' s immense cable in American ambassadors anninrt the world he would have found t h a t far from conceiving of ihe U n i t e d N a t i o n s as a f o r u m for ideological cnnfronfalion and far from initialing ideological deliate. Mr. Moynihan spcnl most of his l i m e at Ihe U . N . in simply reading In w h a t he called Ihe "sustained daily a t t a c k s on (he 1'niiocl Slates." "Save on a very few issues, such as Ihc proposal for a w o r l d w i d e amnesty for political prisoners, mir position ,-ii ihe United N a t i o n s had been reactive From the distance il may have appeared con- About people "The Russians pul guns before bullcr W'c pul jnsl aboul everylhing l)efore guns." --llrltain's Cniurrvaiivr I'arty Irartc, .Miirgarrl Thalchcr. in a pledge to a w a k f n Ihp Krilish to Iho Snvirt threat In Wrslrrn seciirily. "lly striving lo deal with the symploms of Ihc disease in Angola instead of the disease (Soviet policy objectives) Mr Kissinger insures that the disease will flourish, that is, lhal Soviet misconrtucl will increase and proliferate in olhcr areas, unchecked hy realistic United Stales public opinion." - Admiral Klmo /umwall, former Chief of Naval Op f r.tlms, on {'. ,s, la - llurf ,,, ctirrk Sovln «pansi»nism In Alrica fnmlalionat. bul this is simply because Ihe L'niled Nations Onera! Assembly hart become the setting of sustained, daily al lacks on the L'niled States." Mr Moynihan's example lo sustain Ihis point iscrucial for il confirms the fad lhat for seemingly a majority of members. Ihe I'niletl Stales, whatever Ihe issue, whatever Ihccircumslanccs. whatever Ihe policy, is inevitably wrong. "I u as asking Ihe Yugoslav Ambassador lo try to understand our concern lhal the Decolonization Committee. . .of which his country is a member, had seemed determined In launch an insurgency in Puerto Itico by giving official observer s t a t u s In the Puerto Kico Liberation M o v e m e n t . . . In the most placatory way 1 · suggested thai he certainly would nol li'ke Ihe L'nilcd Stales In start supporting some Crnalion liberation movement at the 1'niled Nations. Well he sure wouldn't. He turned purple and started raving aboul fascism. In no lime nur embassy in Belgrade was being asked for an explanation tif this provocation . . Il is the facl lhal Ihe Yugoslav reaction was. generally speaking, normal, while our willingness ID pul up w i t h vastly greater provocations has been singular." Well. I suspect lha! Mr. Richard would probably reply lhal (he reason everyone continually allaeks Ihe I'nited Stales is lhal though basically good-hearted . i t manages In do so many beastly things around Ihe world. And. of course, even if 90 per cenl nf ihe charges are u n t r u e , well. Ihcn nne should simply be a "yond chap." sit back and t u r n Ihe other check and oh yes. pay up every mice in a while lo keep the whole show running Rul the trouble with Mr. Richard's Dnclrino of the Other Cheek is unl merely thai il enshrines an absurdity namely lhal ' America has no righl lo differentiate · between her friends and tier enemies, lhal she musl pay ihe bills of those who consistently vole againsl her as well as the ' bills of those who continually support her nor simply thai il allows a'succession of · hos lo pass for the t r u t h No. (he real problem with the Doctrine of the Olher Cheek is thai having sacrificed all right of response, all truth, all discernment all stature, nothing is gamed. For with everv concession, with every silence with everv · retreat, ihe allaeks merely gain m · r«|iicncy and i n t e n s i t y . In the end of Ihc Doclrim- of the Other Cheek produces a · I m l c c l N a t i o n s noi one « h i l less ideological, cr.nfrcmlaiinr.al and dedicated t" factional mien-sis t h a n Ihe present one " D.inicl Moynilian saw Ihis all lo clearly · and for thai rraso,, alone his departure' '· mighl u, occasion at leasl a few tears in London and Washington ton.

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