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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Wed., .March 3,1976 Page 4 D ause and Ponder Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. -- I Timothy 6:1 'Iron Curtain' remains in words and fact "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." With that sentence Sir Winston Churchill coined the popular phrase "iron curtain" to describe the trade barriers and censorship Russia was imposing on its Eastern Europe satellites to cut them off from the world outside the sphere of Soviet influence. With that sentence Churchill also warned of the beginning of the Cold War, which has been held in abeyance by detente that is being eyed more critically in both this country and Russia. World War 11 had been over less than a year when Churchill visited the United States. It was a triumphant tour, although he had just been defeated for prime minister by the Labour party leader Clement Atlee. During his visit Churchill spoke at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., President Truman's home state, on March 5,1946. Exhibiting his remarkable command of the English language, Churchi 11 told his audience: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but... of control from Moscow." While the allies had smashed the totalitarian grip of Adolf Hitler on Europe, Churchill told his audience, "This is certainly not the liberated Europe we fought to build up." Churchill's warning of new trouble in Europe was not accepted as quickly as his famous phrase. Not many Americans were ready to turn their thoughts once again to the affairs of Europe. Yet we were soon to learn that the European continent was again threatened by a danger we could not ignore. This time a cold war. Detente brought an easing of the Cold War in Europe and some relaxation of the iron curtain restrictions. But a synonym for iron curtain -tyranny -- still hangs over Eastern Europe. We should turn our thoughts back to Fulton 30 years ago. For Churchill's plea in his "iron curtain" speech that the United States and Britain unite as guardians of the peace rings with as much urgency today as it did then. Editorial Samplings By Untied Press International The Boston Globe Warren Scranton made a brief career and lasting reputation in Republican politics by not antagonizing people. His impending appointment as nur United Nations ambassador, and his probable performance in that body, seem likely to preserve Mr. Scranton's image of all-purpose acceptability. He will be far less of a crowd-pleaser than Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who revived public interest in the UN. But Moynihan also intesified feelings of racial and cultural isolationism at a time when world politics forces us to new alliances. But we expect Mr. Scranton will give his statements the dignified sound of policy rather than petulance. Appointment of a man of his stature, moreover, signals our continuing commitment to the UN. We look forward to Ms official designation by (he President and a swift confirmation by the Senate. Pittsburgh Post-Gazelle If America sought good relations only with those countries whose systems conform more to ours, we would find ourselves virtually isolated from Latin America, as from most other areas of the world, where authoritarian regimes are the rule rather than the exception. All of the Latin American countries are important to us strategically no less than economically. In case of war, this country would need the support of its hemispheric allies, with most of whom we have had long and friendly Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 3, the (3rd day of 197C. There are 303 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1791, the District of Columbia was organized as the seat of the American government. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th American state. In 1847, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1849, Congress established the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1861, the Russian government proclaimed emancipation of the serfs. In 1944, during World War II, U.S. fighter planes made their first appearance over Berlin. In 1967, Poland refused to issue a visa to former U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon to make a private visit to Warsaw. Ten years ago: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara said the Communists in South Vietnam might boost their strength by 50 per cent during the year and that new American fighting men would have to be sent Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Publilhf d every week day evening Monday through Friday and Saturday morning b/ Ihe Tribune Republican Publrihing Co. Oftkc. 71« 8th St., Greeley, Cola., 10431. Phone 35? OJll. MM.miKIJ HANSKN PuMMicr I.KOC. KOKNK; H.J.JM«,S Mcr. J A K E KSTIU' K.W 'Vc Mftr. A I. PETKHSKN Adv Mgr. JAMES W I'ltl'I'K Sup! Second-class pos'rige paid At GrfHcy, Colo Siih'.rnplinn r ,!*· V) SO per mon'h Member of the Associated Press, United Press International, Los Anqoles Times Syndicate features, Colorado Press A«n., Inland Daily Prrss A^n . Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued to the Tribune Republican Publishing Co. by Greeley Typographical Union Ho. 586. * '*·;" to face them. Five years ago: Severe fighting broke out again in southern Laos, and eight U.S. helicopters were reported shot down. One year ago: West Germany capitulated to the demands of the kidnapers of Christian Democratic party Peter Lorenz and flew five radicals from prison to the Middle East country of Yemen, but the hostage was not released. today's birthdays: Retired General Alfred Gruenther is 77. Thought for today: He who has great power should use it lightly -- Marcus Seneca, Roman writer, about 54 B.C. to 39 A.D. Bicentennial footnote: Two hundred years ago today, American rebels fired their first shots into British-occupied Boston, shooting from the "HM S Nancy," which had been captured in late November. relations. These relations should be cultivated continuously. It is in our self-interest to deal with pur Latin American friends fairly and sincerely. We should be genuinely concerned for the stability. SPrnrity and friendship nf nur hemispheric neighbors. Daily News Ncw York) President Ford must have purred with pleasure when IK read a Senate subcommittee report advocating gradual deregulation of the nation's airlines. The panel echoed past presidential recommendations that airlines be allowed to raise and lower fares, as well as adjust schedules to meet needs. About the only people who don't see the virtue of such a change are the regulators at the Civil Aeronautics Hoard and the regulated companies -which only reinforces our feeling that the idea is sound. WILL nap you Econom/c perspective By Orvel L. Trainer In the last of a series of articles on manpower and unemployment data for the state of Colorado, a look will be had at the relative conditions of the labor force in the state as compared to selected years in the recent past. In this article Denver will be viewed as typical for the state. Use will be made of the "Hourly Earnings Index" for Denver and the "Denver SMSA Consumer Price Index" (CPI). It is no secret that most of us don't much like the present status of the Colorado economy. We read in the newspapers and hear all about us that the recession is turning around. We know that we have been hit because we hurt. But how much damage has been done to our pocketbooks in [he turbulent months since the economy went sour? Of course (here are absolute and relative measures of this I-never-had-it-so-bad complex. If you lost your job and have not been able to find another, your economic picture Is absolutely worse than in the recent past. If you have lost many hours of work, but still have your job, the picture is more clouded than you would like, but it could be worse. Suppose that you have not lost your job and have not lost any time, how well of f are you as compared to the rosier times of the near past? Using 1967 as a base year for the comparison of several index numbers, we will look at the relative changes in the economic "plight" of Colorado workers over tlie years since 1967. Starling in January, 1967, the Hourly Earnings Index for Denver workers stood at 97.0, rising to 115.2 by January, 1970, to 141.6 by January, 1973, and to 171.1 by July, 1975. Taking this at face value, with the full year of 1967 equal to 100, this means that hourly earnings in the Denver area had increased over these years by 71.1 per cent. By anyone's measure this increase in hourly earnings appears rather impressive. But what would this increase in hourly pay buy in consumer goods and services? Starting in January, 1967, with 1%7 equal to 100, the Denver CPI stood at 99.2. This index rose to 110.2 by January, 1970, to 125.9 by January, 1973, and to 162.5 by July, 1975. Or, stated differently, the market basket of goods and services priced in 1967 had gone up by 62.5 per cent by July, 1975. By dividing the first index, that of Hourly earnings, by the Denver CPI, we come up with what is called a deflated hourly earnings index for the same years. This index shows how well workers in the area considered have fared with their pay, adjusted to price increases, or inflation. In January, 1967, the deflated index stood at 97.9. By January, 1970, this index had worked up to 104.5. This meant that workers' pay, adjusted for inflation, was still 4.5 per cent better off in 1970 than in 1967. In January, 1973, the deflated index stood at 112.5. In July, 1975, the index had fallen to 105.3. Over the entire period the final purchasing power of hourly earnings in Denver had increased 7.1 per cent. It was the rapid decline from a deflated index of 112.5 in January, 1973, to 105.0 in April, 1975, that hurt. From 19CT to the fourth quarter of 1970 workers in the state had witnessed a bumpy rise in pay over prices. In July, 1970, the deflated index stood at a rather miserable 101.8, an improvement for Denver workers of only 1.8 percent over the base year 1967. The index had reached 105.5 in the fourth quarter of 1969. But starting with the fourth quarter of 1970 the deflated index rose almost constantly, as wages gained over prices, peaking at the 112.5 mark in January. 1973. The slide downward was not without interruption but seasonal improvements could not be sustained. For the third quarter in 1975 the index had improved at an annual rate of 1.1 per cent over the second quarter, with the CPI increasing by 2.4 per cent for the quarter and the Hourly Earnings Index up2.7percent. With income and earnings increases in the Denver area over the last eight months and, assuming a moderation in inflation, we may soon expect to see a brisk rise in the Denver deflated hourly earnings index. As the manpower data and unemployment data in general, the makeup of consumer price indexes leaves a bit to be desired. Discussions are now under way in Washington concerning revisions in the way the CPI nationally is set up. For instance, not all income groups are included in the national CPI.. This omission understates the possible impact of the purchases of these groups in the economy. Looking at the various indexes, where 1967 is employed as a base, one can soon expect a new base year. Over time conditions, products, technologies and jobs change to such an extent (hat a new base index year is preferable than making all (he adjustments that arc necessary to maintain the element of comparability over time. More importantly, as any price index number approaches 200 politicians become nervous. We can count on a change in the base year soon. Letters to the Tribune Little to commemorate in daily living now To The Tribune: For some of us it appears the American Bicentennial will be a celebration rather of past glory than present virtue. I write this not only for myself but also for all those who find themselves in similar predicaments. For a lot of Americans there will be little on the practical level of day-to-day living that will lend itself to festive commemoration. Case in point -- me. In spile of the promises of my teen-age years that a good education would assure me a good occupation, such is not the case. Many years and two degrees later I find myself continually denied employment. I have personally been discriminated against because of my skin color, my religion, my inability to speak a certain foreign language, my m a r i t a l status, my military standing, and my place of residence (yes, folks, right here in River City). I find it easy to understand why a leading radio and TV network has a contest for our younger generation which asks the question, "What is an American?" Obviously the older generation has missed out in its ability to comprehend the fundamental rights of man laid out in our Constitution and in our political and religious heritage. We are forced to ask the children to tell us who we are in hopes that their youthful idealism will paint us a rosy picture of something that apparently doesn't exist. We, unfortunately, even use our children as pawns to solve social problems we apparently aren't mature enough to work out among ourselves. The statue of justice stands blindfolded, the balances in her hand hanging in perfect equality. Statues are nice, and the principle thus symbolized is beautiful beyond words, but the real balance In American society seems to hang heavier first one way then another, depending upon the fashions and fancies of the people, oratleast of certain people. After 200 years we still seem to be infants in the practice of justice and equality, a sad result of our continuing selfish inter *sts. If the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, the watchmen must be sleeping, for government programs often lead the way in this unfortunate practice. I would like to suggest that for the year 1976 we not only reaffirm our independence from tyranny and oppression but make a new Declaration of Dependence on God and one another in disinterested service in order that we might realize and enhance the ideals and virtues of the American way of life, including the right to work -- or does anyone really care? Roger Balmer Ault Urges team support in positive manner To The Tribune: My intent in writing this letter is to encourage sportsmanlike conduct by spectators at all high school athletic events. I would like to state my personal view concerning the negative feeling displayed toward the University High School basketball team during the championship game of the Welco League Basketball Tournament held at Gunter Hall, Saturday, Feb. 28. 1 do not know what has taken place in the past to precipitate the resentment that was displayed by a majority of the fans from the other Welco League schools, but I was disheartened by the negative attitude that was vocally expressed to the team as a whole even before the game began. Our team can take (his kind of treatment from the crowd -- they have done so for several years; but they shouldn't have to be subjected to such degradation. Even further disgusting to me was the fact that several adults chose to show disrespect to several individual players by heckling them and calling to them by name. I feel that every human being deserves to be treated with respect, and that adults are expected to show responsibility and to be involved with character building concerning our youth. I do not see how (his can be accomplished when adults are not good examples themselves. I would like to see the parents of all Welco League schools support their own team in a positive manner and forget about badgering the officials and booing other teams. I feel that two fine teams are representing the Welco League in the upcoming District TuurnamtuLi, and I hope that they both can be winners and represent the V.'cJso League in a fine manner at the Stale Tournament. Mrs. David L. Jelden 2015 21st St. David Rosentrater's leadership applauded To The Tribune: Applause for Mr. David Rosentrater's leadership in Red, White, and Blue Days! Cheers for the Ureeley Tribune's forceful reminders of our responsibilities and freedoms! Appreciation to all individuals and groups who thoughtfully and imaginatively participated in this segment of our Centennial celebration! Josephine B. Jones John W. Kinkade Co-chairmen, Greeley Area Centennial- Bicentennial Committee Foolish furor over Nixon China visit ByNICKTIHMMESCH WASHINGTON - At inception, the Nixon trip to China was to be a quietly arranged matter. The former President accepted a kindly invitation from his pals, the top layer of Chinese officialdom, to make a visit commemorating his historic trip four years ago. But now, anti-Nixon sentiment, the man's inherently controversial character and a binge of induced excitement have caused a full-blown furor to break out here over the trip. My hunch is that the rest of the republic is taking Nixon's pleasant dalliance with (he Chinese in stride. It isn'l so remarkable, is it, that this man of huge pride would grab on to a chance to live it all over again, especially after 18 months on (he San Clemenle rock? It's amusing how a handful of stories and columns blew this thing into a ruckus. All these scribblings speculated that President Ford, Secretary of Stale Henry A. Kissinger and Lord knows who else in the Ford Administration (perhaps the kennel master at the White House) were "irritated . . . disturbed . . . concerned . . . worried" over the international and domestic consequences of Nixon's visit. If Nixon visited Peking on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, so the doomsayers wrote, why fellows iike Seth Lovingood of Nashua, N.H., might switch his vote from Mr. Ford to Ronald Reagan, or an epidemic of athlete's foot would break out in Pismo Beach, Calif., or Brezhnev might push the red button and there would be a lovely nuclear war in the air. So now every move, every toast, every utterance of the deposed President is invested with prose to fulfill the dire prophecies of his visit. The hedges and qualifiers on the copy coming out of Peking make legal contracts sound like McGuffey's Reader. Reuters, in a story the New York Times headlined "Nixon Casts Doubt on Such Accords As Helsinki Pact," allowed that a statement by Nixon "was taken by observers as an allusion . . . " and reported that "some observers look the Nixon remarks as a veiled criticism of President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger for their trust in the Soviet Union and the Helsinki accord." Well, if the headline writers and Iteuters, too, had read President Ford's remarks and speech, in connection with last summer's Helsinki conference, they would discover that Nixon's reservations about it were uttered first by Mr. Ford and Secretary Kissinger. So this is all a lot of steam and no fire. Naturally, the weak-minded flare up into hyperbole on:e agitated by the sight of Nixon's dark jowls wobfali ng a t a world leader. Rep. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.), for example, cut loose at President Ford: "All America should be outraged at (he tasteless behavior of former President Nixon for his obvious meddling in American foreign policy with his trip (o China," Riegle declared. "What business does President Ford have in providing Secret Service protcclion to a crook like Nixon who is so shameless he still hasn't been man enough to say he's sorry to the American people?" Tut, t u t , Mr. Riegle, federal law requires that the Secret Service guard Nixon and all former Presidents as long as they live. The entire show amounts to: (1) a fun trip for Nixon, who really doesn't want all the attention being given it by hysterics bnck here; (2) mischief by the Chinese who love to invite former government officials of conservative persuasion (Heath of England and Franz Dateline 1776 By United Press International CAMBRIDGE, Mass, March 3 -In preparation for the occupation of Dorchester Heights, American military began firing into Boston, knocking down a number of houses. General orders alerted the soldiers in Washington's army that "a contest soon may be brought on." Joseph Strauss of West Germany, come to mind) to show the Soviets what's what; (3) another example of how easily Kissinger is panicked, for it is very likely he leaked Ihe stories of Ford Administration "concern" over the trip to favored correspondents. Finally, lei's face it: Nixon, the first President to be forced from office by scandal; Nixon, the anti-Communist politician, who developed new relationships with Moscow and Peking; Nixon, who views the world darkly and his enemies in shades of hell; well, this Nixon is strangely fascinating, particularly to those who hate him. Ke is their therapy, their reason for being. Them is no week in the world which wouldn't be the wrong one for Richard Nixon to emerge in. If it weren't the New Hampshire primary, it would be the Florida, and if it wasn't that, it would he something else. So let the furor, rage here in Washington. The republic and the world will go on. ( e ) l976.I.oAnKHr*Tlinr

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