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tVUhhoFretPmH TheNew..Tribune Frid.v. Februaryn. 1*76-4 Opinion today's editorial Toxin of intolerance ..$ jVThere is a toxin of intel.-rance abroad in Ijjrnerica today which is reminiscent of LJfrohibition and the Eighleenth Amend- iftenl. of the religious bigotry of Ihe Al ;j$nilh-Hoovor election of 1928. and of Me '·Bed-bailingsmear ladies of McCarthvism «,ij the 1950's. '.J»The savagery of the abortion issue and Jjfie hatred which it is creating is only one ,tfea in which Americans are seeing ; Jycrything in terms of jel black or dazzling ·hite. It is a period in which proponents '.«{one viewpoint refuse to admit lhat ihere '.l^ any reason or validity lo the thoughts or ; Arguments un Ihe olhe'r. ;;jAnd il is exaggerated to the degree lhal · *Jch side of a public controversy or issue ;5jlits up into heroes and villains. There is ijji admission lhat each may be entitled to ; ij own point of view: thai Ihere may be ' Jjmest differences of opinion. 'J«Perhaps il is a continuing revulsion from ! HJe wrongs of Watergate. Or perhaps it is lujiceable to Ihe genetic diusion in ·JVmerica between Ihe spirit of the · tivaliers vs. the Puritan. it^Enmity is violent and unforgiving. An !$iamp!e is the campaign being waged ·wainst Secretary of Stale Henry : Kissinger. Yet, only a few years ago he ifes the modern Mellernich. a miracle ·Jprker of diplomacy after he quieted the .tjfiddle East. Both cannot be right. ·Congress has been a seething cauldron. ·V^e are nol ready to agree lhat the CIA was :X a wholly malevolent body, nor that everyone connected with it was conspiring againsl Ihe people of the United Stales. Bui Ihe errors which it made have been translated into an attack which has resulted in Ihe death of one of its members, Richard Welch, has blown Ihe cover of cithers, and has set back the efforts of our principal intelligence agency for years to come. Have you read anywhere that Lockheed may have ton approached for contributions or payments in order to sell its planes abroad?' No. hut it undoubtedly happened. The plane manufacturer and other companies are portrayed as comipters of public servants in other countries. And Ihe accusations come not from abroad but from at home. Congressional committees leak like rusted sieves, pouring out information which may be contrary lo the welfare of the L'niled Stales. Even CBS newsrepurler Daniel Schorr got into Ihe act by leaking Ihe whole report of Ihe Pike committee lo a weekly newspaper, when Ihe House as a whole had voted not lo release Ihe report. Mark Twain or Will Rogers would be appalled at the way our sense of humor has vanished. Something must take place lo return us as a nation lo a stale of mind where, even in lotal disagreement, we can accord respect lo Ihe views of those with whom we differ. Our children · o Congress not taking over ; ^r'ASHINGTON - Suppose you received afl; anonymous letter claiming that Qjngress might take away your authority t ear your children as you see Fil -- and ; it lo Ihe governm'enl? Would you ueslioningly believe it? ens of thousands of Americans ap- phrently have. From all pans of Ihe United Stales they've been deluging numbers of Congress for several monlhs wjilh angry letters demanding that f jress. rejecl this proposal. It is one of hiavl»st;«-Urig«l-lasting mail ca'm- hs.in.many .years. w is.als6'one of Ihe most disturbing. For' trn anonymous letters on which it is .based cljsist almost entirely of distortions and nttrighl falsehoods. A careful examination uHhe congressional bill they attack shows nigseclion of it would give conlrol of clujdren lo the government, despile the aignymous flier's assertions lhal such a change "is becoming pan of" the p^Jposal. Further, a check of congressional sources shows no such change ever was contemplated. On the contrary. Ihe bill aims lo aid nifoiy American families, especially the pqpr. by providing day-care facilities for children and health assistance. No family wfjild be forced to participate in such a program -- it would be entirely voluntary. j£ several congressional sources the iVl»Jt disturbing element -- with ominous overtones for the future--is Ihe deplh of Africans' cynicism about government arid public officials, as indicated by their automatic acceptance of Ihe charges as fajl. Several congressional sources familiar with Ihe case believe only today's deSp wellspring of public discontent mijkes many Americans ready lo believe the*'charges right away. .Sen. Waller F. Mondale iD of Min- neijola. the Senale's chief sponsor of Ihe proposal under attack tells this newspaper: "The polls would suggest a total distrust of politicians and govern- rhejit...! which) may have helped create an environment in which people are willing to believe almost anything - and (which i majcs us all the less credible when we as members of Congress try lo explain what thesfacls really are." the irony is thai the Mondale proposal -by Jhe Senator's own admission -- had no real chance of passage this year because it would cost more lhan Congress fell Ihe government could spend in these difficult I'cqjinmic limes. Under the proposal, sponsored in Ihe House by Rep. John Hrjdemas iDi of Indiana, SI50 million By Robert P. Hry The Christian Science Monitor Newsservice would have been authorized for the first year of Ihe program, with cosls rising to $1 billion four years later. But Ihe mail campaign flooding Congress has entirely killed the modest hope of sponsors that they could gain congressional approval of some kind of compromise bill -- one which would have begun providing more money for health, nursery, and day-care aid lhan now exisls. Altho ugh Ihese pro! esling letters generally are ,,. based ..on misinfor/naliono. congressional sources say Ihey'have'ha'd' an impact on Capitol Hill. sut(i(iient..'to.. scuttle Ihe prospects for compromise. Supporters nf Ihe proposal have not been able In find out precisely which groups are behind the unsigned leiter campaign. In part ii is so persuasive because the fliers look official and well researched. But most of the facts are hot accurate. The fliers say. in the words of one. lhal a "charier nf childrcns' rights of the National Council of Civil Liberties is becoming parl of" Ihe proposal. Bui in fad Ihis "charier" never has been connecled with the proposal. It is not connected with any U.S. group but was drafled by a British organization, according lo Sen. Carl Curtis who introduced the subject of the charter inlo Ihe Congressional Record in 1971. N'one of the "rights" Ihe flier identifies as part of the charter -- Ihe right lo sue your parents for punishment, or lo refuse to lake out Ihe garbage -- has ever been considered as parl of (he bill despile Ihe allegations of Ihe anonymous fliers. Similarly, one flier charges lhat "the Congressional Record slales" thai what is al issue is whether parents or Ihe government shall exerl conlrol over children and the family. This slalemenl leaves Ihe impression lhal Ihe Congressional Record is an official voice of government. Actually, the Congressional Record is an all-inclusive record of everything said on Ihe floor of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives - and includes much material provided by members of Congress which was nol said, hut is printed in the publication anyway. Sponsors of the bill say they cannol find any record of such a slalement having been made in the Congressional Record. And if il was. it was either made by a member of Congress, or was wrilten material which he had placed in Ihe record -- and thus is not official or unofficial government policy. llc i*; a staff correspondent of The ( hrislia:] Science Monitor in Washington. « The News-Tribune and · « A , e evening* excepi Sunday ai 3 16 Feih. Narnpa. lda*o 83651 by Coiy ^·En-ered as second c'osi ma^er ai :^o PCS' Office ·^a' NaTpo. :daio. under aci of March 8. 1879 ."AH rQhcei required by 'dw or o'der of ecu 1 ol ;· compe'eni ,-jri-idicricn io be pubNshed wc-ekly ,' fri'\ be pjbliihed "· rhe SoJurdo*/ issue cf ifm '.paper pL'suon! lo.seciion 60-108 1C -563 cu ^ added ir-e/eio by Chapter 16-J 1933 $*«icn Law, ·'of Ida ho : SUBSCRIPTION RATES '· Carrier, per monlK ............ $3.25 ', Carrier, per yeof ............ $39.00 ·: BY MAIL: (Paid in advance) r|l month.. . $3.50 6 months . $20.00 I 3 months . $ 10.25 1 year . . . $39.00 Thu newipop«r (Curves ihe right 10 oiler rhe expiration dare ol any pa d in advance subscription should ihere be an adjus'menl in re* | rm -- ADAMJ. KALB THE NEWS-TRIBUNE Joseph R. Porker, uiioessMarxige'f Adv D;recro' IDAHO FREE PRESS loriy B Oo'dfei. Ediicf J.C lindholm.Or On Keilh Sr.ggi. C'jTpolino Foreman Chorlei McCoy. P f t .sf o'ennan ] . Tne views of if* 1 rfwspapw appear only in "Today's edilorial," while all other '.comments and opinions are those ol the individual columnist. Readers' comments ;are encouraged in the lor/n of letters that should not exceed 300 words in length. · All letters must be signed and contain the address ol the writer. Letters should be . typewritten and content is subject to approval or condensation by the editorial board. Letters What if Ford's "Secrecy Act" had been in effect since 1972? The innocent bystander Lifeboat By Ai Him Still no sight of land. It'll be another five long months before we make New York -those of us who survive. We're beginning to drop now. One by one. Terry was Ihe first to go. Terry Sanford. I Ihink his name was. He hadn't been in (his lifclxral long enough for us lo gel lo know him very well. One day he looked fine. The next, he just kind of gave up. "What's Ihe use?" he said. "I'll never make il. And I can't hear myself think over all Ihe shouting." Sn he slipped quietly over Ihe side. Nobody lifteda hand to stop him. Wilh him gone, there's more to go around for Ihe resl of us. ·I- 4- + Tex Bentsen was next. Hardly made a ripple. Nice guy. liul I don'l think he ever understood why we have lo keep shouting and pumping our right arms up and down 16 hours a day. II seems simple enough. We shout lo attracl attention lo ourselves and we pump our rigbt arms up and down lo show we're ,,s|jl|. aim 1 Thai's why we keep moving. ·'ioq^AH'the lime, moving.-I guess that's ·ihai.makes Ihe weather so queer. One day it's'.snowing, another it's hotter lhan blazes. But what gets you is wondering when your number's coming up. From what old Doc Gallup says, sounds like it might be Governor Millie. One-eyed Mo or Oklahoma Fred next. The Doc can't even find their pulses. Birch keeps eyeing (hem hungrily. ! Ihink if they get weak enough, he pl;ins lo pick (hem clean before they go over the side. Foreign commentary l-'unny guy. lln Due. lie doesn't do an.Mhing Ira- us. lie jusl tells us how we an-. And no mailer how much we shoul and pump iiur arms ;iml move around, must nf us arc either barely holding nur own or ure )'c(tin 1 weaker. Strange Iliinn. One of the slrongcsl ahnard is Chicken-fried (ieoige. And he dues hardly any .shunting, pumping or moving armind. llul we hale nun. We all liiili' him. And there's nn way he's going I" make ii. We'll kill him first. Yiiu kimw what he says? He says if we try In kill him. he'll stave in Ihe bual and sink us all. Thai's Ihe kind of vengeful little ral he is. liul maybe he isn'l slrnng enmigh. All we can tin is hope nol. Sci I dim'I know how long any of us can hold mil. We're all nn short rations now. And we sneak around the bnal. searching fur any crnmli, any morsel. Iliat may have been overlooked. And we're careful never In lurn our hacks on each other. You'd think we'd share. We're all in the Siimelxial. Ilul.no. each of us wants lobe captain. Sn -.we sluml and pump and scrounge and watch each other like hawks. And grow weaker Simielimes. I clon'i see how any of us c;m,makc it. i i + Kxcepl maybe Hubert. He's an odd one. He just sils there, smiling contentedly, not shouting or pumping or even trying to survive. And Doc says he's (lie strongest in the dual! Soundscrayy, bill Hubert's been through (lira- shipwrecks. You iliink he knows something we don'l know? [CopynaM Chronicle Publishing Co.) An old Chinese tactic.., TOKYO (UPI) - People who wondered what Richard Mixon would do after Watergate finally have an answer. Chinese leaders have given the former president a new political role as (heir unofficial spokesman to certain types of powerful Americans outside the government. Il is a lactic China oflcn has used before in its relations with America, and especially wilh Japan. That is the reason for Nixon's trip In P'.'Mng. Agreement certainly had been reached between Nixon and Ihe Chinese before he ever left S;m dementi* Feb. 21. His aslule daughter. Julie Nixon Eisen- l:wer, doublless was one of Ihe go- bclweens. The nine-day tour of China is Ihe firsl slop in Nixon's new role. He wcnl there lo he launched as a certified China expert in (he eyes of Americans. Nixon probably will nol he explaining China (o ordinary Americans. Their feelings abmH Walergale rule that out. He will be lalkmg In high level businessmen. China research experls. and opinion makers. Among people like (his he can lie effective. Nixon certainly will be expert enough lo impress anybody when he Roes home Fch 29. What American besides Nix.tn will have spenl long hours in the company of Ihe new acting Chinese premier. Hua Run- fcng? Aside from Nixon's own daughter and her husband, he will he the only American la enjoy an exclusive interview wilh Communisl party Chairman Mao Tse-tung since China's lalcsl political shnkeup. He appears In have upstaged President About people "Abuses of the past have been mure Ilian iidcqunloly described ;ind I am concerned aboul them. But one Ihing is very, very ceriiim: wccannnl improve Ihis agency by iJi'Mroyinfl il. Lei me assure you all 1 have un inlenlion r.f seeing Ihe intelligence community dismantled, its operations parulyzcd or its effecliveness undermined." --(ifiirur Hush, at his swt-arlnK In as new director nf Iho CIA. , Knlii-rl I'rabhi* Kurd and Smvlary ol Slate Henry Kissinger who spent IKHII-.S last ,-nilumii cultivating Teng llsiao-pi-ng. then acting premier. Now Teng is out in Ihe cold. Ford and Kissinger also talked lo Mao. whonbvinusly diiln'l lell Iliem everything Their own intelligence people apparently wcrecaughl flalfoolcd by Ihe latest Peking power struggle. In the past, some very interesting people have played Ihe type of lole Nixon lias assumed. The lale journalist Kdgar Snow was the liaison man of Ihe laic Chinese Premier Chun Kn-lai to .Anx-ricaus interested in China in Hie lUans and I9fi0s. Chou gave Sn;w exclusive interview*;, anil lei liim gather informalion on the closed Chinese nation lhal oilier.*; could nol gel This guaranteed wide sale of Snow's books. Former French Culture Minister Andre Malreaux played a role as liaison man lo Kuropean inlellecluals. The tactic was developed most fully in Japan in the l%0s. when Chou was Irving lo svin Japanese iliplinnalk- recogniiion. When (lie lale Prime Minister Kisaku Salo slaved sluljliornly linal In the anti- Communist Chinese regime on Taiwan. Chou bypassed him. An Oxford educated Japanese nobleman, Prince Kii)ka?u Sainnji. became Peking's spokesman-unofficial bill aulhnnl;i!:u' -In Japanese news media and intellectuals. Aiichiro Fujiyama, a sugar magnate and conservative member of parliament, was chosen lo tell China's story to the Japanese business community. They tilled Ihe ground so well lhat when Nixon began his detente policy with Ciiina in li72. Japan dropped Taiwan and switched recognition to Ihe Conimunisl government in Peking. None of Ihese people advocated communism for llicir own counlrics. and cerlainly neilher does Nixon. They only argued Ihe need for closer relations with China. One message Nixon will lake home is lhal China Ihinks the Soviel Union is too powerful, and lhal Ihe time has come for America and China lo coopcrale lo contain Soviet influence. If lhal turns nul lo be Ihe wave of American foreign policy in the fulure. Nixon might ride il lo a large role in cerlain corridors of American power where Ihe players aren't elected by Ihe American people 'Let freedom ring' To The Editor: February issue of "Reader's Digest" has an article by Rep. William Armstrong of Colorado explaining how Congress has by passed the embarrassment of voting themselves pay raises by enacting automatic cost of living increases, This would avoid placing their names on the roll-call each year t(? bring voters attention to the raises. Armstrong and 50 other congressmen plan to inlroduce a bill rescinding this unfair bit of legislation. Thus some measure of voter control over men elected would revert lo Ihe people in liir.es when so much is in the hands of government control. Let's all write our own congressmen to gel behind Ihis movement Another deadly bill Irving to sneak in - Senate Bill No. I and House Bill No. 3W7 would supersede any law in your .own iUte regarding your right lo protect your own home. Even now you had better have the 'victim' inside your house.WOT* calling the police. It is suggested Dial we hide rather than shoot! Never mind the havoc, blood and loss the hoodlums leave behind. This coupled with the move to take away our guns should make us very wary. Add to this Ihe DETENTE that we have with that wolf called Russia leaves a very shaky foundation lo our freedoms. It's lime lo write our congressmen and strongly urge their opposition to the above bill. Lei freedom really ring this Biceii.- lennial year. June E. Knight Caldwell Stop the rip-off! To The Editor: lie came out from Ihe back door of the building, blending in wilh the dark shadows of Ihe moonless night, as he stepped into Ihe alley. Yes Ihis is Ihe greal American Businessman locking up for the night as he goes home. One of the world's greatest rip- nff arlisls. I'm nut saying all of Ihe businessmen of America are this bad, but some of (hem can compare with Ihe character that Holier! Wagner portrayed in "II Takes A Thief." The rest of the businessmen either have, tticy are. or will rip somebody off. This isn'l jusl Ihe businessmen, this is everybody in the United Slates, in the whole world for that mailer. However, the longer America tries to cover this up the longer we are going lo be in a fix. Think nf it for while: Joe Doorjam sells me a door, which he says, is the perfect door but come lo find out it is hollow, so the nexl lime I go out to buy a door from him he gives back too much change and I keep it and why nol? Then ! kid myself by thinking it's righ! because he sold me a bum door. Well, anyway, if everyone would stop ripping-off everybody else think how much better Ihis world would be. I can't really loll but there might still be some honest people left in the world, just think of how hard it musl be on them simply because they don't rip-off. The bad thing about all of this is, it's legal, they've found a loophole in Ihe law, so consequently nobody can do anything about it. So take a look al yourself, a good honest look and see what category you fall into. Ron Heimberger N'ampa 'Happy hunting' To The Editor: I suggest Idaho wives seeking separation, pack and flee lo a civilized country. Then if he comes gunning for her. he will he disarmed and locked up -- which is more than our police arc allowed to do here. How heartbreaking thai a lovely, kind lady, who look care nf manv of us al SI. Luke's Hospital, should have been Ihe latest victim. What a revelation of Ihe absurdity of our laws, thai even though called several limes, (he Ada County Sheriff and his officers could nol even detain or disarm Ihis distraught man. Happy hunting. Idaho! Dorothy Vail Johnson Caldwell Are you still there? To The Editor: Having pul in 54 years as a technical inmate nf an insane asylum. I have .. acquired ijuile a lot -of experience .in contacting responsible officials regarding almost every phase of public assistance, federal and local, and 1 will try to tell (he folks out there who have individual righls. or think they have, why (hey are always confused as lo their status. I'm nol so sure about general relief. They say Ihere is lols of personal lying and thai people refuse lo work. Okay. Now ! think lhal maybe Ihe officials in charge of Ihe project don'l work for their money and gel Ihe innsi. They don't even have lo lie lo gel il. You write lo Ihe manager. He lurns il over to Ihe ass.slanl manager. He lurns il over to a secretary. She lurns it over to a lawyer. The lawyer investigates the legal claim liul ihc whole click are handed down from a political appointee who mav Forward or backward? be lying to keep his job. Who gels the most money? The four or five lops or the lillle bolloms 0 Follow the same matter for, Social Security.-Takes four' or ' five people lo"' process a SIO bill. How about.the·V..A.'! Who can lell for sure where all Ihe billions of dollars they gel from Congress goes? They show hnw much they've paid out in pensions, but I've never seen an ilemized slalement as lo how much they paid or were supposed lo pay lor buildings, help and equipment, or if it was necessary. In my opinion, we are working for an appointed government. Pass the -buck from (he President down. Von write lo Ihe President. He tells Ihe vice. He asks Ihe attorney general. Il goes back lo Ihe Congress who made Ihe appoinlmenl in (he lirsl place. Are you still there or have you died' Mark M. Wastib'urn Nampa China -- another leap Hy Walter China has announced a new governmenl program placing heavy emphasis on agricullure over industry. The move appears lo lie another political victory for acling Premier Hua Kuo-feng. The program bore all the signs of Ihe Ihinking of both Hua and Chairman Mao Tse-lung. who always have emphasized Ihe agrarian seclor of the economv. The development program is an apparent revision of a plan presented by the late Premier Chou En-lai in a speech in January. I97S. in which he spoke of the need for a comprehensive modernization of China's economy - light and heavy industry as well as agriculture. That program was backed by Teng Hsian-ping. vice premier under Chou who apparently has fallen inlo disfavor in the current revival of Ihe Cultural Revolution The new plan was published Tuesdav in Ihe official Peking People's D.tilv and broadcast by the New China News Agency It made indirect criticism of Teng and praised Hua's agricultural policies wilhnut mentioning either man by name The broadcast was in the tortuous prose of parly ideology and such China experts as Robert Oxnam of the China Council of Ihe Asia Society cautioned lhal the future course of China remains clouded in doubl The praise for Hua came in a seclion spying (he masses of cadres, poor and lower-middle neasanls and slale farm workers musl "learn from Tachai and 1 d u "P Tachai-lype counties everywhere." Tachai is a large, model [Today's thought] Mark llie Mamtlrss m ln ana brhoki the wprixhl, lor ihm is posierily for thr man of peace. - Psalm 31:37. "Man's destiny for many millions of years to come is, so far as our present knowledge shows, tn his own hands! resls with him to decide whether he will p unge into disaster or climb lo undreaml- " Logan commune in North China previously praised by Hua. "Hua Kuo-feng really laid out Ihe groundwork for Ihis general approach in his reporl al Ihe Tachai Conference in October lasl year." Oxnam said. Thai was a conference called to discuss -- and praise - the model commune. The edilorial spoke of the deepening "struggle againsl Ihe right deviationisl wing." Teng. purged during Ihc first phase of the Cultural Revolution, was described Ihcn as the No. 2capilalisl reader behind me disgraced Liu Shao-chi. Oxnam said the editorial apparently reflected a continuation and deepening of the Cultural Revolution. While Ihe edilorial gave extraordinary emphasis to agriculture. Oxnam said more was no indication Ihis new program might be a "Great Leap Backward" as compared with Ihe disastrous "Greal Leap Forward" of 1958 and 1959 when China set impossible goals of agricultural and industrial development.

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