Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 4
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Tribune Editorial Page No party hats for some Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Tues., March »,!«« Page 4 Pause and Ponder For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lost his life for ray sake, the same shall save it. -- Luke9:24 ; Good luck to state entries from Weld the showdown, won by West 75-69, the Spartans lived up to their nickname and dispelled any notion they have no pressure tolerance. University ended its season in somewhat similar circumstances. The Bulldogs registered 19 consecutive victories, including their first two Welco tourney games. But they fell to Weld Central, 36-35, in the championship encounter. This loss put the Bulldogs to a real test. To win a berth in the AA bracket of the State Tournament they had to go to Brush and beat the only other team that had defeated them. It, too, was a pressure-filled game, with the lead changing hands 20 times. But the Bulldogs withstood the Brush challenge by a single point, 67-66, and earned their state berth. Weld Central's entry into the State AA bracket was not quite as strenuous, although the Rebels did get two of their three defeats as conference play drew to a close. The Rebels did not let these defeats send them into a skid, however. They won their games in the first two rounds of the Welco Tournament before dealing the Bulldogs the one- point setback. The Rebels scored a 63-51 win over Yuma. We extend our congratulations to the three teams and the coaches, John Birleffi of West, Jim Smith of University and Larry Hicks of Central. We wish them the best of luck at State and hope to see their fans turn out in full force to support them in appreciation for jobs well done and possibly even greater achievements. · Weld County will have three teams in the Colorado State High School Basketball Tournament in Denver this week and it can be proud of all three. The three are the Greeley West Spartans, the University High Bulldogs and the Weld Central Rebels. All three teams go to State with excellent records. West finished second in the Northern Conference, but won the league tournament, for an overall record of 18 wins and four losses. University High supports a 20-2 mark. It was the winner of the Welco Association Northern Division crown and of a district play-off game with Brush. Weld Central (southeast Weld) won the Weld Association Southern Division and the association's tournament and beat Yuma in the district play-offs, giving them a 19-3 record. All three teams have shown that they can bounce back after being dealt stunning blows. West suffered two crucial losses on the last weekend of the regular conference play. An underdog Sterling team dumped them, depriving them of the Northern Conference title and putting them into a play-off with Loveland. Loveland then beat the Spartans for the crown. Like a champion does, however, the Spartans fought back last weekend, capturing the conference tournament and a spot in the State Tournament. Rocky Mountain High of Fort Collins roared back in the fourth quarter of the championship game to give West a severe test. In The NATO schisms By CLAYTON FRITCHEY LONDON - Over the years, NATO has had its ups and downs, but this is the first lime both its northern and southern flanks have simultaneously been In a shaky state. Unfortunately, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. !f it weren't for Ihst, the ccd ssr between two NATO allies, Britain and Iceland, would not be so serious, but it is reaching a point where the alliance might be denied use of the American base at Keflavik, Iceland, which monitors Russian ships moving into the North Atlantic. The situation on the southern Mediterranean flank, involving Greece and Turkey (and potentially Italy if the Communists are admitted to the government), is more critical. Even before Greece and Turkey were accepted into NATO in 1952, there were predictions that their participation would be uncertain and troublesome because of their long history of disputes and their relative isolation from the other partners. And that has surely proved to be the case. AnIi-Anicricanism is also a factor. The Greeks have not forgiven the United States for playing ball with the military junta until it was overthrown, nor for Washington's dubious role in the Cyprus Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Pubtltlwd iviry wctk d«y with* Monday through FrWiy aftfl Saturday irwmlnf by th» Tribune-Republican Publlthlnt Co. Offlct, 114 Mh St.. Grwlfy, Coto., Mill. Phont JJM3II. MUJMEDHANSEN Publisher I:OG KOENIG BinlMMMgr. JAKE'ESTRICK JR aTM. Mgr. ROBERT WIDLUND Editor A.L PETERSEN Adv. Mgr. JAMES W. POPPE Supt. Second-class postage paid at Grwtey, Colo. Subscription rale: 13.30 per month. Member of the Associated Press, United Press International, Los Angeles rimes Syndicate features, Colorado Press Assn., Inland Daily Press Assn., Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued to the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. by Ofeeley Typographical Union No. 58n. invasion by Turkey. As a result, Greece has partly withdrawn from NATO and denied the United States port facilities for iU Sixth fleet. Ankara, angry over its arms dispute with the United States, has shut down the American bases in Turkey. These are not regarded as merely temporary x»trttrkK ; for lyth th* Alton* and Ankara governments appear bent on pursuing a more independent foreign policy in the future, with loser links to the United States and the Western alliance. Dependence on the United States papered over for years the conflicting interests of the old allies In the Middle East, where Washington remains the chief supporter of Israel, although both Greece and Turkey have strong ties to the Arab world, along with hopes for Arab oil and Arab money. One reason the so-called southern flank is regarded as the "soft underbelly of NATO" is that the alliance's bases in and around Naples remain a mainstay of NATO's position in the Mediterranean at a time when the Italian Communist Party, largest in the Went, seems on the verge of gaining an influential, if not decisive role in the government. That disturbs Secretary of State Henry Kissinger more than some of the European foreign ministers, who are inclined to think that "popular front" governments, linking Communists and Socialists, in Italy, France, Portugal and Spain would not necessarily be fatal for NATO. During his last trip to Europe, Kissinger warned his colleagues that the United States would do all in its power to prevent Communists from moving into Western governments. According to a report by Flora Lewis in the Paris Herald Tribune, the Europeans were told that "it would be a tremendous setback for the United States, leading to the withdrawal of American forces and making the continuation of the Atlantic alliance impossible." Kissinger's blunt talk reflects some of the tension and differences that exist within NATO these days. Socialist leaders in some of the major NATO countries believe that the United States could unintentionally stifle a tendency in the international Communist movement to break away from control by Moscow. Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt says, "It would be wrong if by our conduct we contributed to halting the developments that have led to a breakup of the former monolithic bloc of Communists." Those -who believe Europe should develop its own defense community ··vould-clcorr.egradual U.S. withdrawal. Julian Critchley, British chairman of Western European Union's Defense and Armaments Committee, thinks an American phase-out is the only way to give Europe the will to defend itself. Another prominent Englishman, Winston Churchill III, grandson of the World War II leader, told UK American Club in Brussels the other day, "As long as we seem to be taking a free ride from the U.S. taxpayer and the U.S. GI, then I think there Is a real danger that the U.S. commitment to Europe may be withdrawn." As far back as 1953, former President Eisenhower was threatening Europe with an "agonizing reapprasial" unless it went ahead with the proposed European Defense Community (EDO. And lOyears later, long after EDC failed to materialize, Ike was still says the "time had come" to start withdrawing U.S. troops from NATO, but then, as now, the Europeans saw no reason why they should shoulder the burden of their own security as long as the United States would do it for them. (c) 1171, Los Angeles Times By PAUL HARVEY Suit* Claus brought young Pul and me matching bow Net -- on one side 13 stars in a circle, on UK other ar* red, white and blue itripei. And I don't care; I think they're fun! What do all theae uptight dtlien think we should do for a Bicentennial celebration? They protest that toe occasion is being "cominercialiied." One worrier says the very Idea that an Indiana burial outfit is offering red, white and blue Bicentennial caskets is disgraceful. He calls it "star-spangled schlock." Others find equally repugnant the proliferation of plastic Liberty belli and 1776 belt buckles. The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (AREA), mandated by Congress in 1973 to co-ordinate the national celebration, hat licensed some 100 American-made products-- from Bicentennial license plates to tricoraer hats. But the AREA is Jealous of the U.S. Bicentennial Society and vice versa, and much of the criticism you'r hearing is intramural backbiting. You are hearing little or nothing of the highly cndtaMe effort by individual towns and cities to promote events - and products -- which are highly worthy by any standards. Charleston, S.C., has an exciting grassroots Bicentennial celebration under way - with no federal subsidies - yet the local committee chairman, the distinguished Gen. Mark Clark, says the local effort has been getting the "silent treatment" from the media. Here is an opportunity for newsmen, it they cared to, to hold up for emulation a shining example of one city's success in directly involving 27,000 citizens in more than a thousand separate events focusing attention on our heritage. Instead, the nit-picking critics preoccupy themselves with throwing mudballs at what they consider "greedy capitalist merchandisers." Jeremy Rifkin, self-appointed spokesman for what he calls the People's Bicentennial Commission, protests that "giant corporations are turning the Bicentennial into a giant Christmas celebration." He says the advertising industry is going to spend $25 billion this year commercializing and piuticmng the Bicentennial. He's trying to relabel the whole birthday party a "buy-centennial." And indeed there is a Southern California car dealer who dresses up In an Uncle Sam costume and urges prospects to join the "buy-centennial." But, at the same time, there is a resurgence of interest in concert performances of works by American composers- Copland, Sensloni, Harris, Ives. Tokenism? Perhaps. Or perhaps a rediscovery of some of our ration's long- ignored home-grown talent. I guess what bugs me most is the suspicion that a hypercritical news media-between wars, between elections, having exhausted Watergate and having outdistanced recession -- is now putting the carping critics of our Bicentennial in headlines larger than the celebrations themselves. I don't think American industry can possibly produce more than enough gimcracks and geegaws and tin whistles and Paul Revere lanterns. As John Warner of the ARBA said. 'Today's souvenir is tomorrow's heirloom." (c) 1171, Los Angeles Times Nixon and the Chinese By NORMAN COUSINS Most of the comment on Richard Nixon's trip to China has been directed to the switches and reverses in the position and policy of a man who built his political career on hate for, and mistrust of, Communists and communism. Considerable attention, for example, has been given to the fact that Richard Nixon has now turned to some of the world's most powerful Communists as his first step on the road to his personal political rehabilitation. A related paradox is that no man was more effective than Richard Nixon in picturing Communist China as the prime enemy of the American people -- just as no man was more effective than Richard Nixon in attempting to end the long period of official antagonism by the United States towards the People's Republic of China. (So great was Richard Nixon's old animus that he disparaged anyone who would use the term, "People's Republic of China" instead of "Red China.") Very little attention, however, has been given to the switches and reverses in Chinese policy, of which the rapport with Richard Nixon Is the most visible and also the most symbolic manifestation. American and European visitors to Peking these days come back with astonishing accounts of statements by Chinese Communist leaders that sound as though they were written by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger. Western visitors are pointedly advised to bolster their NATO defenses up to whatever level is required in order to meet any conceivable threat from the Soviet Union. The Chinese spokesmen are especially emphatic in denouncing (ictcntc as a Russian ploy behind which the Soviet regime is seeking both to undermine the U.S.A. and to extend its own dominion in the world. What are we to deduce from such hard- line advice? That the Chinese Communists are to the right of Gen. Westmoreland? What is to be learned is something that the American people have been slow in recognizing: History is more important than ideology. We have been so thoroughly indoctrinated with the idea that communism is an all-emcompassing and monolithic world force that we have failed to see that Chinese leaders are Chinese before they are Communists, just as the Russian leaders are Russians . before they are Communists. Even the common adherence to Karl Marx is not enough to cause the governments of both countries to place ideological unity above their national interests. Those national interests are defined by a history in which the Russian curs appropriated large areas now being claimed by China. The present Soviet leaders have no intention of relinquishing these holdings than the Chinese leaders have of abandoning their claims. The dispute over that contested territory has been punctuated on various occasions by an actual exchange of gunfire. Little wonder that the Chinese are as eager to see the NATO countries give the Russians something to worry about in the West as the Russians are lotth to see the Western world become too cozy with the Chinese. The ultimate lesson to be learned from these developments is that we too often confuse slogans and stereotypes for basic factors affecting our position in the world. Perhaps we may learn before it is too late that our true security depends not on special deals or treaties, but on the existence of a true system of world order. Nations are fickle, depending upon the ambitions or perceptions of their leaders at any given time. The treaties they sign so solemnly are often as transient as headlines. If a world nuclear war is to be Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 9, the 69th day of 1976. There are 297 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1862, the first Civil War battle between ironclad ships was fought by the Monitor and Merrimac at Hampton Roads, Virginia. On this date: In 1451, the Italian navigator for whom America is named, Amerigo Vespucci, was born in Florence. In 17%, Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine. In 1860, the first Japanese ambassador to the United States arrived in San Francisco, accompanied by a legation of 74 men. In 1916, Mexicans under Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing 15 people. In 1942, the Japnaese completed the conquest of the Dutch island of Java in World War II. In 1961, the Dalai Lama appealed to the United Nations to restore the independence of Tibet, which had come under control of the Chinese Communists. Ten years ago: U.S. Defense Department figures showed that, in proportion to their numbers, more blacks had been killed in Viet Nam than military personnel of other races. Five years ago: In Australia, John Gorton was replaced by William Mc- Magon as Prime Minister after losing a vote of confidence by the Liberal party. One year ago: Despite heavy enemy shelling, U.S. cargo jets Hew in more than 600 tons of rice to the besieged Cambodian capital of Phmm Penh. Today's birthdays: Composer Samuel Barber is 66. Coductor Thomas Schippers is 46. Thought for today: Think wrongly, If you please, but in all cases, think for yourself - Gotthold Lessing, German dramatist, 1729-1761. Bicentennial footnote: Two hundred years ago today, General Philip Schuyler reported in a long letter to General George Washington that the American military campaign in Canada was in dire trouble. Trial reveals deception of SLA By ROSCOE DRUMMOND WASHINGTON - It will not be easy for either (he jury or the public to assess moral guilt of Patricia Hearst. Dut there is one verdict which is emerging with blazing clarity. The self- styled, purposely deceptive Symbionese Liberation Army fSLA) can now be seen more clearly than before as guilty on all cnunls Apart from all their other offenses, the criminals who kidnaped, assaulted and abused Patty Hearst succeeded in dominating the media so successfully Out they appeared not in their true colors as plain, garden-variety thugs and killers but as philosophical and social reformers. It couldn't have been a more bald and crude public-relations hoax. It is as though Bruno Hauptman left a note at the Lindbergs' saying he wanted to give their son a better environment. It is as though the Boston Strangle! always left a calling card identifying himself as "President of the Lea»ue for Longer Life." And most of the media most of the time fell for it and freely publicized in print und on television (he SLA's "Revolutionary" tracts and treatises as though they were serious. They were always fake and facade. The Symbionese Liberation Army was only a parasitical handful of criminals seeking to coerce and dispose of people as it pleased. I am not assuming to judge whether Patty Hearst was forced to do the bidding of her captors or whether she was rationally persuaded to believe what she was being told. I do not see how anyone can make such a judgment until he or she has listened tnall the evidence put before the court. But it is evident that for a considerable period she was mistreated. In the early weeks, when her captors were using Miss Hearst as a pawn to pretend that they had only kidnaped her to help feed the poor, they revealed their disdain for the poor by withdrawing their offer to free Miss Hearst when her father agreed to higher demands in the hope they meant what they Mid. They didn't Earlier they had "liberated" from this life the Oakland superintendent of schools, Marcus Foster, and now two members of the gang, William and Emily Harris, are putting the finger on three of the SLA as primarily responsible. The Harrises said Uiat the two already convicted were helping to dispatch Superintendent Foster, and the others are not around to be tried because they chose to die rather than be captured when the police narrowed In on them some months ago. Surely we in the media have a lesson to learn -- not to allow our profession to be manipulated Into publicizing criminals as social reformers. (C) 1171, LMAjtgdesTliiKt averted, a workable system of world law binding our nations will have to be constructed. It is difficult to imagine any more difficult -- or necessary -- task now confronting the world's peoples. But the statesmen who cjn see the connection between world peace and world law are the finest patriots of all, since they are moving in the only direction that is likely to provide genuine security for their people Fnd their institutions. (c) 1171. Normaa Cousins. Dill, by Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Letters to the Tribune Praises compassion shown toward children To The Tribune: In this day when people are busy with their own problems, it is comforting to know there are still people who have compassion to care about a child's dramatic experience. A few weeks ago, my children's pet gerbll received an injury. Normally 1 would not have been so concerned over a small animal, but I too became attached as we had seen her grow, and give birth to her first litter of six babies. Now the babies only two and one-half weeks old, their eyes notopen, find their mother unable to care for them. We took Jinae (the mother gerbil) to Eldred's Small Animal Hospital. The receptionist, doctor and others helped to calm the children by showing concern for their pet. The doctor did what he could, but their pet had a brain injury. Janae died during the night. The following day I called to find information on how we could care for the babies and possibly save them. Again I found them very helpful and wishing us luck in saving these small creatures, then not much bigger than a child's thumb. To some people, a pet gerbll Is no big thing. Having it die is no big thing, but to my children it was a very real and heart- sickening. Those working at Eldred's helped to ease their sorrow by their concern and kindness, and even their suggestions on caring for the babies. To these people I want to say thank you. All six babies are now about four weeks old, eyes open, and very active. I feel the children learned from this experience. Adult people do care about their needs and problems. Time, patience and prayers were answered in keeping the babies alive. The reward is the satisfaction of accomplishing something that seemed impossible. Mrs. Robert Roth 424 28th Ave. Public forum rules Letters lo UK Tribune public forum are limited to -InO \\nrds. No exceptions In this rult- will be permitted. A letter mini carry Imlh the signature ami the address of the writer. I.f tiers exceeding (lie Ijll-nord limit or containing libriotis or possibly libclous statements will he returned to the writer *llh nnlificalion of the reason for rejection and may be i esnhmitted for publication afior (he change ha« been made. All lellers mii«l he liroiiRliI In (he Tribune In person hy (he l e t t e r w r i t e r or nllirr :iiTanf,'cnicn!s nude fnr proof of authorship. Dateline 1776 By United Pr«« International PHILADELPHIA, March 9 Congress prohibited military officers from imposing a loyalty oath on civilians such «« had been done by Gen. Richard Lee on Long Island Stephen Decatur and John Hugonene were authorized to sail for Hispaniola and Martinique lo trade livestock and timber for military supplies.

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