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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation . Wed., June 1.1977 Page 4 Pause and Ponder The wind bloweth where it listeth. and thou heares'. the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh. and whither it goi-th: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. -John 3:8 Security costly but necessary for N-power Congress has just approved the imposition of much more stringent security regulations upon nuclear power plants, including the Fort St. Vrain plant, near Platteville. In this age of terrorists and other kooks, we doubt that many people would object too strenuously to the tighter safeguards, approval of which were requested of Congress by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The new regulations have brought no objections from the operator of the St. Vrain plant, the Public Service Company of Colorado, which says it supports any security measures the NRC feels necessary' to make nuclear plants safe. The St. Vrain plant, however, creates very little plutonium and has many design and operational safeguards. Only the most sophisticated safeguards are adequate to protect the nation's, nuclear power plants against the cunning, ruthless terrorists and criminals that might seek to make the nuclear plants the object of their insane acts. Once inside key areas of the plants, it is feared, they would be in a position to steal weapons-grade plutonium for construction of nuclear weapons or possibly to release radioactivity upon nearby populated areas. One of the safeguards that the plants will be required to take against such incidents is the organization of their own security forces with guards capable of preventing sabotage by "dedicated individuals" who might be expected to have "military training and skills." The security forces will be required to have two-way voice communication with law enforcement officials. Reactor control rooms and centra! alarm system control rooms must be equipped with bullet-proof walls, ceilings, floors and window... Special alarm systems will also be required and doors to all sensitive areas must have special locks. When an employe quits or is fired, the locks to which he had access must be changed. For sure, these rigid safeguards will be costly to the operators and the cost, like the cost of regulations imposed upon the production of other energy, will be passed along to the consumers. At the Fort St. Vrain plant, Public Service Co. expects the new safeguards to cost nedrly $1 million for equipment and another $1 million a year for additional security personnel. Costly as the regulations may be, however, they will be an integral part of producing the nuclear power which the nation will need in the years ahead to meet its energy needs.. Reagan misses the point ByANDREWTULLV WASHINGTON - Were I conservative instead of one of those annoying independents who insists that neither the Left nor the Right does the devil's work, Ronald Reagan would set my teeth on edge. Heagan is an intelligent and honorable politician, but he has an unfortunate mental block. He lias revealed time and time again that he believes the military can do no wrong. As his oratory during last year's campaign against Jerry Ford reflected, he suspects that certain recent presidents sought to leave us naked to our enemies by trying to hold down the Pentagon's budget requests to a reasonable, do-able figure. Now Reagan is flitting about the country proclaiming that President Carter's handling of Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was "disgraceful." ' ' + + + For those readers who were out to lunch at the time, Carter recalled Singlaub from his post as U.S. Chief of staff in South Korea for telling a reporter that Carter's promise to withdraw U.S. ground troops from Korea was a mistake that would lead to war. 'Trankly, the general is right when he says such reduction will lead to North Korean attacks on South Korea," Reagan says. "The President is just plain wrong." Alas, this good conservative misses the point. His field goal try landed behind him.. The issue in the Singlaub affair is not who's right but who's boss. And the Constitution says the boss's name is Jimmy Carter, not John Singlaub. That doesn't mean Singlaub can't have an opinion. He can have 33 opinions, all of them right. It does mean, however, that once the commander in chief embarkes on a course a general or admiral may disagree with that course only at his peril, General MacArthur found that out, and he was a guy millions of Americans believed had been elevated to eminence by divine right. Defense Secretary Harold Brown spelled out Singlaub's rights. He noted that military officers were "not only allowed, but encouraged to express their views during the determination of policy." An officer may even comment publicly on the direction that determination is taking. Once policy is set, however, the rules say it becomes the officer's responsibility to support that policy publicly -if, as Brown put it, "He plans to stay in the military." Singlaub knew that the moment he put on his first uniform. Friends of Singlaub tell me he was "sandbagged" by Carter, that he was stunned by the President's action. Singlaub is easily stunned. He knew the rule and he broke it. Did the man expect Carter to decorate him for his offense? His pals also note that the general holds .najor combat decorations from three #ars. MacArthur wore enough medals to stagger an ox. And about that self-anointed demigod, Ike Eisenhower said it for the military. He was sorry MacArthur had to be sacked, said Ike, "but Truman had no choice. In Truman's place, I'd have done the same. If MacArthur wanted !o disagree with Truman, all he had to do was resign from the Army." + + + Moreover, Ike would have approved Carter's troop withdrawal proposal. From the White House, he tried in vain to reduce U.S. troop strength abroad but was beaten down by the jingoists^ Ike was fond of telling reporters, "You don't need an Army to show the Flag." That applies to South Korea. Carter . plans to withdraw U.S. ground troops, now numbering about 40,000, over the next four or five years. But he would maintain 7,000 airmen, supported offshore by the Seventh Fleet. The last time anybody looked, this policy was supported by Melvin Laird, Defense Secretary under Nixon. Now Mel Laird is a lifetime conservative with hawkish tendencies. Reagan might have been expected to consider a viewpoint proffered by a member of the club. But no. At a lime when hawks are unpopular and con- servatives in both parties are seeking common ground with the masses, Reagen spoke from his glands instead of his b:^in. Tully's Letter to Editors Dear Editors: Carter is determined ^resist big- spending proposals in the social welfare field because, as one White House aide says, "he wants to balance that damned budget and he knows new spending would wreck his plans." Meanwhile, the President will continue to woo Big Business. He feels he needs businessmen's help to halt the rising cost . of living as well as to give a needed shot in the arm to the economy. "Somehow, we've got to get business to spend more money on new plants and equipment," says the Carter aid. ''We can't have full recovery without it. The. liberals up on the Hill have got to face that fact." Andrew Tully (c) 1977 McNaught Syndicate, Inc. Letters to the Tribune Says city can still buy power company To The Trubune: There is still time for the people of Greeley to buy Home Light and Power Co. instead of allowing the giant from Denver to take it over as part of the Public Service Co. complex. I have concluded a preliminary investigation of the advantages and disadvantages of city ownership versus Public Service Co. ownership and I am convinced that the people of Greeley would be better off taking over the company themselves. With the indulgence of the Greeley Tribune, in the next few letters to the editor I will outline what I found out. I am not suggesting, however, that the data I will present should convince anyone in any final and conclusive sense. It is my objective to achieve just one thing. To get the City Council to authorize an engineering feasibility study of city purchase. I am confident such a study will indicate the city has far more to gain than to lose by such s purchase. Originally, I had thought that the official "Blue Ribbon Committee" study would suffice. As those of you who have been following this proposition know, the committee was hardly representative to say the least with the president of Home Light and Power Co. sitting on the panel. What has happened is a deepening of the public cynicism regarding the legitimacy and authenticity of our political institutions, something that is certainly not needed at this point in American history. I will attempt in this first letter only to bring the readers up to date. For those who have no information on the development, I will try to explain as simply and clearly as I can what is involved in terms of their interests. In brief, here is the situation: Home Light and Power Co., privately owned electric utility which has served the City of Greeley since 1909, is proposing to sell out to Public Service Co. of Colorado. Is this in the interest of the people of Greeley? Would the city be better off if it held an election and let the people decide? Would not an engineering study be warranted to dispel the clouds of suspicion which now hang over the proposition? State law allows municipalities to purchase private utilities when they see it is to their advantage to do so. If Greeley is to so act, it must proceed through all of the technicalities, have a feasible study made and hold a city election before June 20,1978, the date of the 10-year renewal of franchise between the city and Home Light and Power Co. Ford W. Cleere 2616 21st Ave. Economic perspective By Orvel L Trainer To be a spoilsport these days an economist has only to mention the word inflation. An age-old scourge of economic systems, the problem has become a particularly alarming one (or capitalistic countries since the Second World War. Inflation has moved into position as perhaps the number one specter fighting the economic policy makers of the free world. Inflation and unemployment, long spaced at nearly competing positions in the economic cycles, have of recent years become fellow travelers, plaguing the economies at the same time. Recently, Coloradans were startled to learn that the cost-of-living figures for the Denver region indicated more than a 4.5 per cent rise in prices for the first quarter of this year. Annually, that would be more than 18 per cent if continued for the full year. People have learned to accept such inflation in housing and some other selected items of purchase. But such a rise in prices across the board is of great concern. Nationally, the consumer price index in April was 1.4 per cent higher than it was in March and up 11.4 per cent from a year earlier, an annual rate that threatens to throw the nation back to the worst months of the early Ford administration. These high rates of inflation raise the double possible threats of higher interest rates and wage and price controls. Already the slock market is faltering under what promise to be higher interest rates administered throughout the banking system as hoped for checks on inflation. While the Carter administration has been actively proclaiming that it has no plans for price and wage controls, few segments of industry seem to believe the President will be able to resist the political pressure certain io accompany a sustained socalled double-digit rate of inflation. These doubts on the part of industry have been reflected for some months, economists believe, in industry's refusal to commit large sums of dollars to capital outlay and expansion and in the continued price rebate programs spreading into many industries outside the automotive field. Industry wants to keep the prices up in case controls are slapped on. Such practices are hardly noninflationary. There has been much talk in recent months among certain economists that " the increased costs of energy will not be as inflationary as it was at first believed. It is true that a S !o 8 per cent increase in energy costs at the source might not seem great. However, as the increase works its way through all of the various goods and services and through household budgets and eventually through wage demands, the compounding effect of energy inflation can be fully appreciated. Perhaps even more important is the fact the the energy crisis and resulting inflation has set the psychological stage for producers and consumers alike expecting higher prices and therefore doing nothing to resist them. The forces that feed the basic inflationary pressures--scarcities, or fear of scarcities, rising expectations.among low productivity groups, inefficient plants and work practices, and the energy crisis -- will not readily respond to any government entreaties to retreat. The fear of war in the Middle East and the oil embargo that such a conflict might trigger only exacerbates the problems already faced by the nation. Even without war, the likely government spending soon to hit the markets in the Administration's fight againse recession promises to add to the fuels of inflation. If the inflationary gains already witnessed so far this year even hold, let alone increase (food is rising at an 18 per cent rate), the overall rate could move permanently into the politically unstable double-digit range, bringing with it drastic changes in the nation's market places. Wage demands in the past year have not been far oct of line with the increases in productivity in most of the industries. With the sudden surge in prices, and the resulting uncertainty these increases raise concerning the near future, the labor scene could turn into a thumping call for large wage increases. If this · · happens, it would take months to wash such increases out of the system, with even higher prices. At this point, price resistance is abuut the only weapon . consumers have to fight inflation. From the looks of car sales, of both, domestic and foreign models, the fight is not going : to be fought very soon. Unbelievable! By ROSCOE DRUMMOND WASHINGTON-It must be candidly reported that the Carter Administration is repeating some of the wt- . mistakes which Presidents Nixon and Ford made in their eagerness to get a nuclear arms agreement out of the Soviets. It has now come to light that we are still negotiating under self-imposed conditions which give special advantage to the Soviet side. Nixon and Kissinger began it this way, and Carter and Vance are continuing. For the United States to accept.one- sided procedures--which Moscow demanded and in which we acquiesced-is unjustified, intolerable and dangerous. -. This is what I am talking about: When the U.S. and Soviet negotiators sit down at the conference table to discuss how to control and reduce the arms race, we lay out the range and numbers of American weapons which are under consideration. You might think 'that the Russians would do the same thing. They don't. They refuse to put on the table anything concerning the range, and numbers of Soviet weapons on the agenda for negotiation. Instead, they allow the U.S. spokesman to present the best · information we have been able to piece together on what the Kremlin has in its .arsenal. At this point the Soviets offer to negotiate on the basis of our estimates of what they possess and are producing. They do not negotiate on the basis of what r^y know they possess or are producing. The American figures may be moderately accurate or grievously inaccurate; the Soviets never admit whether they are right or wrong and whatever agreement is reached is based only on what we guess are the facts, not what the Soviets know are the facts on their side. . · Is this the way the United States should negotiate life-and-death decisions about its own security? Is this the way to reach 1 reasonable and trustworthy agreonents designed to achieve equivalence between our mutual arsenals of nuclear weapons? Parity by guesswork! Two more questions: How in the world did Nixon and Kissinger ever bring themselves to accept such a biased, slanted, unreliable negotiating procedure? And why in the world did. Carter and Vance believe that it.should, be continued? No wonder the previous. Administrations never disclosed what, they, were doing. Only a-few in the government knew that the negotiations .were operating in this one-sided manner, : It wouldn't have become more generally known if Dr. Harold Itf. Agnew, director. of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; and chairman of the Advisory Committee, of the Arms Control and Disarmament. Agency, hadn't written a memorandum t to-the-While House and mentioned this "" odd negotiating condition rather, in-.., cidentally. The. enterprising Aviation . Week and Space .Technology magazine published part of the memorandum.in a .. recent issue. It looks as though the conference table is shaped like a hammer and sickle. (c) 1977. Los Angeles Times Syndicate Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 1, the 152nd day of 1977. There are 213 days left in the year.. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1958, General Charles de Gaulle became Premier of France. On this date: In 1533, Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England. ' In 1792, Kentucky joined the Union as the 15th state. In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state. In 1801, the Mormon leader, Brigham Youne. was born in Whitingham, Vt. In 1943, during World War II, the English actor, Leslie Howard, was killed when a German warplane shot down the civilian plane he was aboard on a flight from Lisbon to London. I THINK TO ME A. POINT, GENERAL 5INGLAJJB In 1968, Helen Keller, the American writer who was both deaf and blind, died.- , Ten years ago: During a tense' situation between Israel and Egypt, the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Intrepid passed through the Suez canal, shadowed by two Egyptian subm arines. Five years ago: President Richard M. Nixon returned from a trip to Europe that included Moscow and said his talks with Soviet leaders had laid the basis for a new Soviet American relationship. '. One year ago: The U.S. Supreme Court . ruled that the Civil Service Commission may not bar resident aliens from government jobs. Today's birthdays: Former baseball star Dean Chance is 36. Actress Molly Picon is 79. Thought for today: To err is human, to.. forgive divine. - Alexander Pope, English poet, 1688-1744. Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican through Friday and Saturday morning by the Tribune Republican Publiihing Co. Otlrce. 7H ath S t . Greeley. Colo., 10431. Phone IS) out. MII-IHtr!!) II \YSrA !'l;l,[i.h.T I.KIII; K'iKMIi Iln-m~, Me, .lAKKKSTIlli-KJII ,-,,,. Ml!r K'HIKIinuiil.l Ml p.,,,,,, A I. I'KTKIM-A Wl ' M -. JAMKStt I |'K Ml]i| . ' Second-dais poslagt paid at Greeley. Colo. Subscription rate: JJ.M per month. 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