Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 11, 1975 · Page 4
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'iJK.' Idiihp Krei' hess The News-Tribune, Tuesday. February 11. IM75 - 4 Opinion Today's editorial Feeble first step The season has begun when we read unce again lhai the government of Ecuador, which claims a 200-mile limit to iis offshore icrrilorial waiers. is seizing American t u n a boats fishing within its self-proclaimed boundaries. Crew and bnais are usually impo'indcd und are released only afler paymeni uf a fine to Ihe Ecuadorian government. · Now we are nut ai all sympathetic lo Ihe 200-mile limit which Hcuador claims DS being wilhin its naiional sovereignly, as compared lu our 12-mile l i m i t . ' However, thai has been ihe country's (aw forseveral years, and luna fishermen who fish within (hat limit should know by now whal l« expect. Musi of Ihe boats seized so far hove been no miles offshore, or 70 miles wilhin ihc Ecuadorian boundary. We do mil think l h a t Ihese boais accidentally found themselves wilhin the 200- mile limii. Skippers who can navigate luna boats all uver the world and return lo home purl with almost clneklikc regularity Guest Privilege are nol prone lu making navigation errors (if 70 miles. A bill lo establish an interim 200-mile limii for ihe United Stales passed the Senate in December and proponents of il have hopes t h a t il will also pass Ihe House. It would be "interim 1 1 in the sense t h a t if and when the United States adopts a uniform boundary resolution the United Slates would then conform with it. Like every other American we brisilc when an American buat is slopped and impounded. And our first reaction would be lo send a couple of destroyers lo free ihem from Ihe results of an unreasonable law. Rut the unjust l i m i t , while irksome, is nut sufficient provocation (or t h a i sort of action. Il should be settled once and (or all on an international basis with all nations agreeing lo a reasonable offshore l i m i t . Perhaps agreement on this issue among all nations would set a precedent for mure crucial i n t e r n a t i o n a l accord. The only thing that's getting cheaper Political echoes Pioneer, second thoughts Speaker faces crises lly John T. Peavoy Stale Senator, District 21 lly Milliard Charnock Idaho citizens are facing a very major decision which will shape their future for years. That decision involves Idaho Power Company's proposal lo build a large coal- fired generator plant in the desert southeast of Boise. This plant will be called Pioneer. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is presently traveling around the slate taking testimony from citizens. Most of the testimony so far has been overwhelmingly in favor of Ihe plant. Much of this support has been solicited by the power company. That is (o say, that local and state officials of the company have asked business and community leaders to appear and testify in behalf of Pioneer. There is certainly nothing wrong with asking your friends to help with testimony. Environmentalists have been doing it for years. The favorable testimony has been based on the premise that Idaho is going to continue to grow and lhat one cannot stop progress. The opposition has argued that deterioration to air quality would result. In urging local businessmen and farmers lo support Pioneer the power company has failed lo adequately reveal Ihe true projected cost of Pioneer in terms . Ihe consumer can understand. Mr. Bruce, president of the Idaho Power Company, in answer to questions at a hearing in Twin Falls, did estimate that utility rates could be increased by 200 per cent. The reason for this increase is that even today the electricity generated by plants such as Pioneer will be nearly three times as expensive as power from our hydro projects. Due (o escalator clauses in coal contract the cost of lhat fuel will very likely.rise above today's figures and with it, the cost of electricity from coal plants will follow. The difference between coal and hydro power will become more pronounced. This trend will he accentuated even more as new thermal plants are added, thus diluting even further the cheap hydro power. The homeowners and businessmen, and farmers of Southern Idaho should ask themselves if they are willing lo triple their rates using only the 200 per cent increase estimated by Mr. Bruce, so (hat Idaho can continue to grow and bring r.ew people into the slate. A farmer now paying $20 per acre should ask himself if he is willing to pay $60 per acre In pay for the cosily increase in generating capacity, that would make it possible for someone to irrigate more land on Ihe Mountain Home a Today's thought | Therefore 1 sent lo you Timothy, my beloved jnd faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways In Christ, as I leach them everywhere in every church. -- I Coi.. -1:17. "We'should think of the church as an orchestra in which the d i f f e r e n t churches play on different instruments while a Divine Conductor calls Ihe tune." -William Inge, English author, former Dean of St. Paul's desert. Will a homeowner now paying $60 per month in a total electric home be willing to pay $180 per month so lhat more people would be able to come into Idaho to work in a new factory in one of our communities? Growth at a reasonable cost is one thing, but growth at any price is asking for disaster. This continued push for growth at any price should point to one of the major causes of inflation in this country, and should cause some lo pause and reflect on some of the proposals of Project Independence. I believe lhat Idahoans will reject Pioneer and other equally costly projects if armed with the proper economic information. !(this decision is made lo approve only power projects for Southern Idaho which have fairly comparable power costs to our present system, several things need to be done. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission netds authority to suspend neTv hookups; especially large ones. New large irrigation developments may have lo wail. New factories may nol be built so soon. The IPUC will need the authority lo suspend the low priority use of electricity such as outdoor lighting. These powers will be needed in short water years. Much of (he push to sprinkler irrigation in Ihe last three years is caused by farmers' concern over Environmental Protection Aulhorily rules on relurn flows. One of the easiest methods of controlling return flows from flood irrigated fields is to convert lo a sprinkler method of irrigation. The EPA should be asked lo re-examine its return flow policies in light of the effect Ihese policies have on energy requirements. The slate should pul incentives into our taxing structure lo encourage conserving, and Ihus stretch our present adequale supplies. A high level committee on energy should be formed to make f u r t h e r recommendations. Fears thai we will be faced with brownouts will nol materialize if new large energy using projects are told Ihe electricity will not be immediately available. New people will nol be moving to the stale if there is only a modesl increase in jobs each year. We who live in Southern Idaho should appreciate what Idaho Power Company has done (or us. We live in an area where we have had an adequale supply of low-cost, clean power. We have built our economy on Ihe basis of (his c h e a p power, including hundreds of thousands of acres of pump-irrigated farms. With a few exceptions our economy is still relatively slrong compared to the resl of Ihe United States. I believe Idahoans will opt for a policy of limited growth to protect our present strong economy. The alternative choice is to inject extremely inflationary power costs into all enterprises. The growth lhal this high priced e l e c t r i c i t y would stimulate could well bring economic disaster to all of us. With less economic growth Idahoans will have added bcnelils. Thirty-minute wails in our ski lift lines or elbow-to elbow fishing in our streams will not occur. Tbc News-Tribune and IMP fat frm d »eningi eicept Sunday ol 316 Tenlh Ave. fi, Nampo, Idaho 836SI by Canyon Pub'.ihmg Co trifcred ai ie«iid c'cni molfer ot toe Pou OHice ai Nompo, Idaho, vide' ac ol Mmch 8. 1879. M no'icei required ty low or order of w w f of eompetent jwiiKficiion 10 b« p.b'ished wetlly w II be ·published in ihfl Safjra'oy nu.e of 'M pop*' pur iufint ro «ei.on 60 108 I C 1963 01 adde* ihereio pyOiapte* 164 1933 Semon Lawsolldaho SUBSCRIPTION RATES Copier, per monlti ' . . . S3.15 Carrier, per year $39.00 BVMAIl:[Paidinadvarni| 1 month. . . $3.50 imontlu. .'$70.00 3 month) . .$10.25 l--y«ar . S39.00»lpopt' rewv«llie r.gM 10 oil!' lh« eipiroNon dole ol any paid 11 advance ub uiiption ihovld iheie be o-i adpilir.enr ,n rarel -ADAM J. KALB- Presidenl-PjbliiK«r THE NEWS-TRIBUNE /oirph 8. ParW', Bji-npu Manager -- Adr. Diiedor Kithard Ccflmafl. Ed,lor ?,rtardWitliami, Gr. Mgr JDAHO FREE PRESS Jeanne eVuner, Buiiieu Manager Larry B. Gardner, Edi'O! C. Robert Bull. Adv. Director I.C. l.ndWm.Or. Di«. Keilh Briggi. Canape-ling Foreman Chorlei McCoy, PreM Foreman Opinioflt ««pr«wl »nly in "Today's Ediloriol" olumn« rtpimnl )h* vi«w* of r. Ml othor «mm«nH on thi« pag. ai« lh« opinion* .of tn« wril.n, m n of th« mw»pop«r-' «*''«'«'l »·* ·' ·»»· w « »·!··"· '·"·'· »· J TM««··"*5"·" EW- -'"·· *"'·"·" ·"«·'»" "* « M " oin tk * cMMm, .4 m« writ. rx an i. «pp«val by (ho BDISK I DIM)- Allan K Ijrsen. H- Hlackfool, appears (o uc approaching his firsl real crisis as speaker of the House. Some of his committee chairmen are ready lo revolt hci-aiise lie failed lo support iwo of their colleagues on Ihe floor in the battle over printing o f l h e K q u a l Rights Amendment rescinder. From the time a freshman legislator first enters the House, lie is urged lo support his committee chairmen and they, in turn, (he leadership. Uul when Chairmen Ed Uice. U-Uoise, of Ihe Judiciary GminiHce, and Ceorge Danielson, U-Cumbridge, of thu Printing Committee, asked (or additional lime lo research a legal question before the rescinder is printed, Larsen did nol support Ihem. Instead, he, m a j o r i t y leader W a l l 1-ittle, K-New Plymouth, and Caucus Chairman Klaine Kennies, It-Idaho Kails, helped provide the necessary 32 voles il took lo print Ihe resolution. Only one member of Ihe GOP leadership, Assistant Majority Leader Jack Kenncvick, li- Boise, supported (he two chairmen. In fact, five chairmen -- K u r t Johnson, IMdaho Kails, of Ihc Education Com- mitlee, J. Vard Chatburn, K-Albion, of tin; Slalc Affairs Committee, Carroll Dean, U- Notus, of Ihe Agriculture Commillei;, Clifford Scorcsby. H-Iona, of the Resources and Conservation Committee, and Kalph Olmstead, H-Twin Kails, of the Ways and Means Committee- voted nol lo prinl the resolution. This, in (he opinion of some legislative veterans, seriously eroded nnl only Ijr- srn's leadership bill lt,c "teamwork" system hy which the leaders!)!] ives legislation through the I louse. And without Ihis leaders-hip liased on llw "you scratch my hack, I'll scratch yours" philosophy, without this lucil u n d c i - stimdinfi, il's every person for himself. II didn'l take limn for the repercussions In hegin. When the Printing Commillee mel laler in Ihe day Thursday, il voted In print all measures heforc il without even reui!ini them. Normally, it checks Ihem for error. Sources w i t h i n the COP caucus said they' detected an immcdiiilc erosion of I.nrsm'.s power in a meelinit jusl a few hours after the House voted lo prinl Ihe KUA reseindcr. l-arscr, has attempted since Ihen lo smooth some, ruffled feelings, liut some of the chairmen aren't buying il. One lulii him lhal while, he is nol "oul In get" Ihe speaker, hd may not \w as cooperative- as he has in (he past. Thai could Iwcome critical if l.arsen needs volus to push Ihe leadership program through Ihe Hnuso or floor support to sustain a controversial ruling from (he chair. It also may mean some trouble ahead, loo, for those five committee chairmen who failed lo support their colleagues should they, laler on, try In r e t a i n legislation in Ihcir committees. And, il's a situation made lo nrtter for (he m i n o r i t y parly In sei/e Ihe reins anil guide Ihis legislature onto a diffcroni course Paul Harvey comments The undemocratic way I!) I ' a u l l l a r v r y How cotne the very people who demand Ihe rights and privileges of a "democratic society" are themselves so undemocratic? Democracy should respect and reflect the will of [he most people. Frequently, however, a few are able (o impose their will by loud shouting and temper tantrums. One parent is offended by a Christmas program at school, and the next year il is diluM lo an innocuous, uninspiring, pusillanimnus pageant called Holidays in Many Lands. A few dissenters objecl lo prayers in schools, so millions of Americans back off and prayer goes underground in this "land of religious liberty." When did "religious freedom" suddenly become "freedom lo be sacrilegious?" Q u i r k s . . . in the news /.UNEBUfUi. (,'crmany c U P t l - The mclcrologisls say Ibis is Ihe warmest winter in G e r m a n y in -tl) yearn. The hirds agree. Cranes and plovers, birds of passage lhal normally fly lo North Africa each a u t u m n , haven't left (lermnny yet. Ornilholigisl Karl Wilhelm Kirsch said !hc birds normally begin the flight after the first frost covers Ihcir feeding grounds. lilllSTO!., England ( D P I ) - Even for a country where slrikes are virtually an everyday occurrence, this walkout was something different. More lhan l.oon local government em- ployes look the day off Monday lo protest they were Iwing paid too much. An Avon County Council spokesman said an nvergcncrnus coiiipulcr was responsible for the hup: paychecks. An assislanl j a n i t o r , for example, received $5,760 for a week's work, and a cook who nnunally tarns J« "earned" $(M8. About lint] strikers marched lu Hristol ('ily Hall carrying signs and banners. "Our members Ciinnnl rely on gelling Ihcir proper nay any nmro," an official of thr N a t i o n a l Union ol 1'ublir Employes said. "Hundreds ami hundreds of infiplc are bring a f f e c t e d I'MT.V week " Mori; i m p o r t a n t , why to we bend lo Ihe will of lhal lenlh or a per cent who preach dcmiKTiicy by subverting its purpose 1 .' You give a bawling baby dry diapers; nol Ihe keys lo (he car! A small number of professional fear- mongers demand scat bells wilh interlocking buzzers and ignition switches, and Ihese noisy few intimidate Congress. Uy Ihe lime- (he cosily blunder is corrected we're all loft paying for il. One person can objecl lo almost anything--loudly cnough-nnd everybody else backs off. backs down, says, "Have il your way." In fact, most of us have gone so m a n y "extra miles" lhal Ihe least numbers now have the most clout. One worker refuses lo sweep the floor, and rather than fuss over it we take everybody off KP. One Cl refuses a haircut, and Ihe whnli- Army rewrites the rules. Have-nots demand the big houses Dial the haves have and I h c n default, destroy and abandon them. One lilllc girl wants inlo Ihc l.illlc- l/caguc, and so she smashes Ihc door down, when most lilllc girls couldn't care less. On every I v l;ilk slimv we bear some nobody presuming lo spenk for everybody by using Ihc phrase "society demands " You'll hear thai "socirly demands industry slop polluting." However, surveys show lhal -1(1 per cent of Americans are unwilling In pay I ceil, directly or i n d i r e c t l y , lo correct pollution and there is no olhtr way. This demanding society insisls that minority workers must lie hired and promoted whether they are qualified or nol, and even if a majority of workers are Ihus discriminated against. statistics (ell us lhat Ihcrc is a majority somewhere. Where is it? We have a tradition in Ihe Dniied Slates of "protecting the lilllc guy," but Ihcre arc a lot of l i l l l i ' guys who have passed Ihoir vote over lo a few louder ones. The greatest number, in the name of "fair play," squandered ils solidarity and thus democracy died. Whatever the pnsl-morlem in years hence, il can Ix-said now l h a t nowhere rise outside the dictatorships docs Ihe minority rule to vkhiTi- Ihc niiijnrily is up lo ils neck, drowning in ils own fairness. Our readers sax Handgun ban supported To The Edilor: Clarence Kelly. K.ll I.chid, advocates a ban on cheap handguns. Hie ghcllo cop killers. Weslerners use tfood hunting rides. These should he locked up oul of the reach of children, criminals, mental cases and fighlinfi family niomljcr. 1 ; when not in use. We are rnueh mo emotional, loo careless in fliscussiii!! (his mailer. The rijjhl t o 1 "keep and tear arms" does nol sound like loday's small deadly toys, but, t »s high (jualily weapon, larjji- enough lo "bear iivcr ihe shoulder. Davy Crocketrst.vle. Let's cooperate with diner regions in helping l» rid a civili/ed society of thai deadly menace. Ihe "Saturday night special." · Don IJiirman Culrtuell Gratitude expressed To The Editor Canvon Counlv .Sheriffs Office, Posse and We wish ,n extend our sincere thanks Sheriff George Nourso; Ontario Police ami gratitude !» ||«. jnllmving for their assistance, e f f o r t s and kindness lo us in the recent disappearance of Merrill (i. Abrahams: TiiliU' rll Pi.lirr Chir.f ciun-les Asllefnrd: No real liberty Department and Chief Jim Jones and ail ol (he news media in the valley. Senator I lean Abrahams Dave and Dee Anne Wilev To The Editor: I've disagreed with you about a lot of things, liul 1 t h i n k you're Rot guts and I certainly have 1 proof of my claims. You lulk about free speech and individual liberty hut (here is no free speech or individual liberty as I can prove. In 1921 I was confined in a stale asylum by a leller from the t h e n Veterans hurrau n s k i n g for my confinement for observation and treatment of a in per cent disability. I accepted because there was no other government agency lo treat you. Okay. I lias confined by Ihe Stale of Washington in 1SI2I at Ihe Veterans llurean's rc|«osl. The s l a t e bus the record, I have il. Ihe V.A. refuses it. so as there is nn judicial appeal from a V.A decision. I still have no civil rights after 5lf years. I have registered personal delivery letters In Ihe president, the Department of' Justice. li.E.W.. my vets orders, some senators, the V.A. manager and others. Some of my Idlers lo Ihe senators were answered by the V.A. Idling the senators lo throw my mail in the waste basket. Civil rights lawyers, the Red Cross and lastly my service orders tell me there is nothing you can do and you are a fool if you don't- slop picking on Ihe V . A . and a voice calls' me on (he phone and says lay off or I will- shoot you. You likely won't dare print this so where do you gel free speech or personal liberty?" Mark M. \Vashburn Nampa Dog owners complain To The Editor A n u m b e r of ilog o w n e r s and veterinarians are disturber) and concerned over two dogs I h p t were picked up by the Numpii dogealeher. It seems that the ou-ner of (lie dogs was (old he had to have the dogs iniinrulaled for rabies by one certain ' v e t e r i n a r i a n in Nampa even t h o u g h Ihe mvner had his own veterinarian. A rabies sliol is pood for three years: a receipt was produced In show Ihe dogs slill had 1(1 months to go before the shot was due again. The owner was informed the dogs would no! he returned lo him until they had been laken lo this certain veterinarian instead of the owner's choice and have the rallies shot, which the dogs Washington window didn't need for It) more months. In order In gel Ihe license, Ihe dogs were laken to lliis certain veterinarian, as or-, dered; then instead of the veterinarian giving the shot, an attendant did. We would like lo know what's going on. II sounds like a case of "you scratch my back ar.d I'll scratch yours." We don't like (he idea of being told our dogs have to be taken lo the veterinarian o[ their choice instead of our choice. Is our freedom gone and this (he shades of Watergate? O.R. Warnock Tom Irwin Rodney Slevensen Joe Keyper (i.L. Borl Charles Hugaman N a m p u ERA: Soon? Never? llv Arnold 11. Saw is lak WASHINGTON (UP!) - When Congress approved Ihe Equal Kighls Amendment in March. l'J72, it seemed reasonable lo assume that KIM would become the 2?lh amendment to the Constitution within a year or two. Aflcr struggling tor years (o get (he amendment Ihrough Congress and Ihcn achieving overwhelming approval. EHA supporters had some cause lo believe it would quickly win the ratification of M stales. Only Iwo of Ihe previous 20 amendments have laken more than two years lo be ratified and the proposition jusl before E l t A , Hit 18-year-old vole, had whistled through in less than one year. KIIA «il its required hvo-lbinls votes of approval from the Mouse and Senate, and the amendment slill lacks four stales for ratification. Its supporters, now fully awakened lo the fact lhat there is slrong opposition lo K I M . are making an all-out push In get Ihosi- last legislatures into the fold this year. Nn one, however, is claiming lhat victory for EHA is assured, and ihcrc are some small signs lhat the amendment may be in real trouble, even though il remains alive for ratification until March. 1979. The firsl indication came in 1973 when Ihe Nebraska iegi.staturc undertook In rescind its ratification. Although legal ex- perls both in Washington and stale capilols usually agrer lhat ,1 slate may not deratify a constitutional amendment" that did nol slop Tennessee from following with a rescinding resolution in I97-I. In Ihe end, if stales which have voted lo rescind ratification h a v e In be counted lor KIM (o achieve the required three-fourlhs m a j o r i t y o[ fin stales. Congress probably will have lo divide Ihe issue. How diil E l t A gel inlo d i f f i c u l t y ? Pan of Ihe answer seems lo lie thai Ih'e amend- menl's opponents have hem able lo c h n n g o Ihe character of t h e debate on Ihe issue. Although there were some dark prediction!; nn Capitol Hill lhat KIM was trying lo change the ualurc of male-female relationships in this country, the amendment was treated mainly as a legal (jue.slioii when il was debated in Congress. When il went to Ihe legislatures, ERA was transformed inlo a full-scale social issue. Opponents found and used two basin approaches lhal succeeded in provoking resistance in the slate capitals that did nol arise in Washington. Kirs!, by means subtle and overl, opponents pictured EUA's supporters as wild-eyod militant libbers, intent on punishing men for dominating society and' d c l o r r n i n e d lo lure Ihe tables --to take' G over. The purpose is lo make predomi ; ' nanlly male legislatures feel threatened ' and-or hostile. ·''-' Second, opponents charged that ERA"' would destroy the fabric of decent social 1 ' relationships and family life. Regardless'' of how many legislators look seriously the" ! contention lhal ERA would require unisex public toilets, that widely circulated claim typified the argument that the amendment, , would bring (he heavy hand of government "' inlo Ihe most personal affairs of citizens, nol excluding women, who are content wilh Ihe world as il is. These are volatile matters and against their emolional content it has been difficult for EHA supporters (o make their argument lhal the amendment would do no more lhan give women the same rights before the law as men. · It was on lhal narrow, but important basis thai Congress finally passed ERA andTM «''»* reasoned debate in the slates would probably yield Ihe required ratifications. , Hut unless the amendment's supporters can find a way !o keep the debate from becoming a conflict between the accepted life style of middle class citizens and lome kind o! hypcd-up, amoral counter-cuUure, the EltA could go the way of the Child Labor amendment, which was approved 1 by Congress 51 years ago but died with only 27 slate ratifications. { Know your lawmakers Senator Frank Church Uoom 2(H Hnssell Senate Office Building \Vasliinfilnii. f.C.. 20510 Senator James McClure 2IWi Oirksen Building Washington, D.C., 20510 Hep. Sieve Symms KmTM Nil) l/mgworlh Huilding W a s h i n g t o n . D.C., 2IBIS Cnngri'ssman CeorRc llansen I12:i Ixmjivvorlli House Office Dldg Washington, H.C., 3V515

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