Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Sat., June 4,1977 Page 4 Pause and Ponder When thou passeth through the waters. I will be with three; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. -- Isaiah -43:2 Water conservation wise? The present so-called "drought" is beginning to parallel the nation's inflation, especially as far as the Poudre River Valley is concerned. While there is no apparent water shortage in the Greeley water system and most of the irrigation systems in the area, it appears many have voluntarily begun restrictions to conserve water. Many Greeley residents have yet to sprinkle their lawns this year. The result is immediate -dead lawns. The more far-reaching effect could be that others downstream will not have enough water for drinking or irrigating. The city's water engineer has said that the underground water in Greeley has receded, thus reducing the seepage flow in the city's sewage treatment plant. That in itself is good news, but, what happens when that same underground water dries up to the point that there is no return flow to the river? It has been estimated that water along the Poudre is used five times before it leaves the state. Those who have lived for any length of time in Colorado know that there are always cycles of rain and dry weather. But, always before the dry cycle has been broken, sometime. Just as inflation feeds in'lation, conserving water can lead to further shortage. There is little evaporation of there is little irrigation; return flow is reduced and with no return flow direct ditches also will dry up, thus reducing further downstream return flow. Most of the residents of the area recognize the need for water in our arid climate, but that water does little good if it is left in storage. All the money in the world will not create more wealth if it is left in the mattress. Water must be circulated and used to provide benefits. If everyone were to store water and let lawns and crops go thirsty, the region would return to the middle 1800s. As long as we have water let us use it; we can't horde it forever. It might sound risky to make an investment not knowing what next winter will bring in the form of snow in the mountains. But, did we really know what this year had in store for us at this time last year? Greeley has always prided itself in its green lawns and trees, but this year there are many lawns that are dried up, dead. It won't be long before the trees look the same. Crude as it may sound, turn on the water, the people in Fort Morgan might like a drink. The Carter gang comedy ByNICKTHIMMESCH WASHINGTON - The weather is glorious, and there is much light feeling and amusement because the Carter Administration again shows its flair for high comedy. In one breath, Andy Young denounced the Swedes, Russians, British and Queens New Yorkers as "racists."Billy Carter is at it again, being quoted as saying he doesn't trust Jimmy. The President himself evoked mirth at a fat- cat Democratic dinner. It was a hah-hah week all right. Andy Young is not really dangerous. He is, however, the best stand-up comedian in government, and it's clear now that Bob Hope could also have scored as UN Ambassador. Bob Hope probably wouldn't like this comparison, but it holds. Like the best of comedians, Andy Young pokes fun at himself. When he blasted all those nations and .neighborhoods for racism, he said everybody is a racist, including himself. And when asked if he shouldn't back State Department policy, he kiddingly remarked that he probably should. Young was asked that question, of course, because he had also remarked that the presence of Cuban military advisers in Ethiopia "might not be a bad thing" if they halted the killing in that blood-soaked country. The problem is that the State Department had just deplored the arrival of the Cubans in Ethiopia and fretted officially over the rumor that 500 more Cubans were en route. Vice President Walter Mondale, who is the Mr. Bones in this act, said it would be hard for him to disagree with Andy on the Cubans, and President Carter, at his conference, declared deadpan that he didn't know of an instance where Andy Young had disagreed with U.S. policy. More hah-hah. Andy said. the Russians were the "worst" racists, so we will no doubt soon be hearing from Pravda and other thundering organs. The poor British have been assaulted by Andy so much that all they can do is cover their heads with their arms, like a boxer backed into a corner, and wait until the punches cease. The Swedish ambassador to the United Nations is going to see Andy soon to find out what he meant when he said the Swedes were "terrible racists." One Swede told me Americans should- remember that Gunnar Myrdai wrote the epic work on black-white relations in the United States, but he forgot to add that during the Vietnam period left-wing Swedish youth threw rocks at our ambassador, a black man Jerome Holland, and screamed "nigger" at him. Andy Young is the Martha Mitchell of the Carter Administration. He is increasingly popular, just as Martha became, because of his frank, pithy, often comic, utterances. Like Martha, Andy has two temperatures -- hot angry and touching warm. Youngsters like him. He is a breath of fresh colloquial in an otherwise stulfy diplomatic atmosphere. In his "right on" speech to "liberal" whites in South Africa, Andy caused tears to flow when he told of Jesse Owens and Joe Louis, and how the sight of black ambassadors pulling up to the U.N. building in its early days caused him to realize, "a nigger can be somebody." So much for Andy, No. 1 in the Carter Gang's ratings. What's Billy up to? In the Mayissue of Nation's Business, Billy told how in the peanut business, every time the minimum wage went up, he'd had to lay off a few more people. He allowed unions get mad at him for his remarks, but "a lot of people simply aren't worth the minimum wage." Billy doesn't like the welfare system, either. It produces loafers and payroll padding, the way he sees it. "The more people they have on the payroll, the more they hire; and the more they hire, the more the director gets," Bill observed. He also told how he wanted to pay somebody $250 to $300 a week to run a peanut drying machine, only people "would rather draw -Â§90 in unem- ployment benefits every week and pick up food stamps at the same time." Last week, it was also reported that a book proposal quotes Billy as saying about his sister, "If Gloria died tomorrow I don't know if I'd attend her funeral." Billy now says he's not friendly with Gloria, the motorcycle-riding Carter, "but I never miss a funeral." The best part of the report is where Billy is quoted, in a conversation, 'as saying of Jimmy, "I love him, but I don't trust him." Billy claims that report is false and insists that he always been for Jimmy and has "complete faith in him." Jimmy must have some faith in Billy, too. The President told a Democratic audience, which paid $500 a plate to fund the-1978 elections, that he listened to Billy's idea on how to get congressmen not to disagree publicly with the President. Billy suggested that Jimmy should make them all major generals in the Army. (So he could fire them like Gen. Singlaub.) And the President, after Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia asked him how he would like to be king of that country "where all'the advisers are relatives," thought for a moment and "realized that if I was king of Saudi Arabia, my brother Billy would be crown prince." Did Jimmy say "crown" or "clown"? No matter, Billy is saic oi the earth, and we'll be hearing more from him. Meanwhile, is it true that Andy Young has flown off to the Arctic Circle to harangue the Eskimos for being racists? (c) 1977, Los Angeles Times Syndicate The GnarlyTrombone By Mike Peters Tiom in 1171 Cincmnjli ntnlplpti. nhich miipiinted In! WMI'S nimt in 1 MÂ«s slor). Once upon a time, in a land not so very far away, which was called Dlew, there was a little village named Yeleerg, in which many happy, enthusiastic people lived. In the land called Dlew there were two groups of people, which in their sincere way, tried to govern the political side of the land. The groups were called the Crusading Commissioners and the Campaigning Council People. Now, the two groups began their association fairly well, until they came to head-to-head encounters. Then problems arose. The little people of the land did not like to see their leaders fighting, and they expressed their concern. "Why do they always have to fight?" One little people said. "Why can't they get along better?" said another. But despite the little people's concern, the leaders continued to fight. Several of the arguments were cause for questioning by the little people. For instance, the Campaigning Council People, who were supposed to be nonpolitical, found two friends of the Crusading Commissioners in conflict-of- interest one day. On another day, they studied two other friends of the Crusading Commissioners and found they were not in conflict-of- interest. Now that was okay, if you don't consider politics. You see, the two members who were found to have erred were both Democrats, and the two who were found to be okay were both Republicans. And although the Campaigning Council Members were supposed to be nonpartisan, it was well known around the land of Dlew that they were mostly Republicans. And this led the little people to say "If they're non-partisan, then why do they make partisan-like decisions?" And the little people grew weary of the fighting between the groups, and apathy began to settle over the land. . A little while later, the Crusading Commissioners became angered with the Campaigning Council People, and one of the Crusading Commissioners said "We don't want you talking against our friends any more. I think you have to realize what kinds of people you're dealing with. When they get angry, they get physical." And this led the little people to wonder "What does that mean? Does it mean that the friends of the Crusading Commissioners are going to get physical and beat up some of the friends of the Campaigning Council people?" And the little people thought this was a ridiculous way for their leaders to act, and the apathy monster reared its ugly heads, (see illustration) When the Crusading Commissioners changed, the ruling of the Campaigning Council People so their friends would no longer be in conflict-of-interest, the Campaigning Council People became angry and told stories behind the backs of the Crusading Commissioners. And the little people began to get even more discouraged with their leaders, and the jaws of apathy clamped even tighter. And then the Campaigning Council People criticized the Crusading Commissioners, and said their moat-bridge crew was not doing a good job. And, in a typical political way, the Crusading Commissioners said "So sue us if you don't like it." And although the little people tried to fight the apathy monster, their leaders continued to discourage the little people, and the apathy monster ate them all up. Then, one day, the Campaigning Council People and the Crusading Commissioners discovered the day was nearing for the big election, and all of the little people would go to the polls and vote for their favorite leaders. And the two groups joined forces to tell the little people how important it was for them to vote, and that the little people should consider it a privilege to vote. But the little people saw through the masks of the Campaigning Council People and- the Crusading Commissioners, and they knew they were only appearing to cooperate, so the little people would vote. And the little people wouldn't listen to the groups, because the apathy monster deafened their ears. And the groups held an election, and nobody came. And nobody lived happily ever after. Except for the apathy monster. U.S. ruining blessed isles By JENKIN LLOYD JONES (c) 1977, Los Angeles Times Syndicate . PONAPE, Eastern Carolines -- The U.S. Trust Territory of Micronesia, including the Northern Marianas, consists of 2,141 islands, 98 of them inhabited, stretching over a greater east-west distance than from New York to San Francisco. / In total land mass it amounts to less than half that of Rhode Island and it contains 120,000 people, about the population of Chattanooga, Tenn. Its water area is larger than the land area of the continental U.S.A. A few of the .Islands -- Ponape, Truk, Saipan, the Palaus -- are ruggedly mountainous, but most are atolls, i.e., coral islets surrounding sunken volcanoes. The native people range from light Letters to the Tribune City could use power plant for revenue To The Tribune: It would be advantageous to the citizens of Greeley if the city Council would authorize an engineering study of rates will not have to reflect the payment of dividends to stockholders which for fiscal 1976 totalled $907,189. Further savings could be realized through reductions in administrative salaries. Think about this a minute. If the city had owned the utility last year, it would have had almost a million dollars added to its income instead of seeing the money go to a handful of stockholders. Initially, such Income will go toward the retirement of the bonds used to purchase the utility so the immediate savings will be mainly in other economies. When the bonds have been paid off, however, all of this money will be available for city use. In Fort Collins, I was told that income from electric power (they have owned their own power since the 1930s) is equal to what seven or eight mills of taxes would raise. 2) Municipally owned utilities have a great advantage over private utilities in the money market. Since municipal bonds are exempt from two taxes levied on private money, money can be borrowed more cheaply. What I believe John Doe of Greeley is concerned with most is getting electric power at the lowest possible cost. If, in addition, his taxes ultimately will remain lower as a result of power revenue, then so much the better. the feasibility of city purchase of Home Light and Power company. I feel confident that such a study would uncover such advantages to the people of Greeley as these: 1) Power will be less expensive since In subsequent letters, I will look critically at the report of the Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Committee" item by item. This committee reached its conclusions on a million dollar a year proposition on scant deliberation indeed. One wonders how many of these sharp businessmen and professionals would take such a short time to decide on a deal of such magnitude in their own personal business lives. Ford W. Cleere 2616 21st Ave. Objects to selection of words on Olympics To The Editor, The coverage of the Special Olympics in the Tribune was complete. However, the choice of wording at the end of one of the articles I found quite objectionable. I quote, "It was like a three ring circus all day." My objection is this: people have mocked the mentally retarded and the handicapped for centuries. The people in the field of Special Education are attempting to change this attitude. It is an uphill battle. I am afraid this statement has undone much of the work of these people. I feel that this statement- was hurtful and in extremely poor taste. If the so called "normal" people exerted the energy and enthusiasm that the Special Olympic participants did, I feel our. country would itself be less of a . "three ring circus." Carol Hulse 719 20th St. No. 3 Greeley Daily Tribune VMJI) The Greeley Republican Published ever,- week (Jay evening Monday Ihrough Friday and Saturday morning by Ihe Tribune Republican Publishing Co. Ollice. 7U lib SI., Grceley. Colo.. B043I. Phone IS] 0711. M l l . l i K K I H I U S K N I . K i n ; KnKMC .IAKKKSTIU' K . l l ! .1 \ M K S X V I'OPI'K Mijil Colo. Subscription rale: SI.00 per month. Member of the Associated Press, United Press International, Los Angeles Times Syndicate features, Colorado Press Assn., Inland Daily Press Assn., Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued fo the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. by Greeley Typo- .,,,Â£..... graphical Union No. 586. Hawaiian-type Polynesians in the east to dark, frizzy-haired Melanesians in the west. On Saipan are the Chamorros whose gifted culture was effectively expunged by the zeal of the early Spanish padres. Throughout the area ancestry is complicated by successive waves of Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese conquerors, not to mention respectable, Congregational Yankees who hit the beach with eagerness in the -whaling days. That small minority of Americans which thinks about Micronesia at all imagines it to be the lands of Sweet Ijeilani, Dorothy Lamour and Bali Hai. It is that. It has its dazzling white beaches, crystal clear lagoons and lush tors laden with exotic trees and wild fruits. It is also a region of frustration. Perhaps Air Micronesia is a good example. Air Micronesia, wholly owned by Continental Airlines, is an article of faith by Bob Six, Continental's chairman, which is a faith not shared by some of Continental's restive stockholders. Its skillful pilots take off from Honolulu in Boeing 727s and put down in Johnston Island, Majuro, Kwajalein, Ponape, Truk, Guam, Saipan,.Yap and Palau..Some of the stripes are unpaved. Most have no control towers. One (Yap) has a tight 4,800-foot runway. Four of the airport "terminals" are palm-thatched shelters. To boost the tourist potential of Micronesia Bob Six built fine hotels at Truk, Guam, Saipan and Palau. With an ongoing route from Saipan to Tokyo, Six reasoned, Saipan would boom with Japanese honeymooners and transpacific travelers could be lured to the other islands. Alas, the Japanese government has stalled the Tokyo extension, using it as a pawn in its game to gain landing rights for Japan Air Lines in the interior United States. The U.S. military on Kwajalein often books the whole plane for the short weekend hop to the Majuro beaches, leaving 100 empty seats on the long haul. And, stuck with a dead-end airline, the fine hotels are mostly empty. Still, the potential is there. When the Micronesian Tourist Office advertises "more islands than tourists" the exaggeration is slight. Excepting Saipan, there are no crowds, no tourist traps. The native villages are real. The happy children haven't learned to beg and are honestly surprised and delighted with your stateside candy. The barebreasted women are not stage props. The souvenirs are sparse, usually crude, honest and made right there. Micronesia is a place for voyagers who have had it with the Riviera, Waikiki Beach and the Ginza. It is a last stand of innocence. Too innocent, maybe. The open boat, sans life jackets, that bounds 10 miles down the lagoon to Ponape's fabulous and ancient Nan Madol ruins leaks so badly that the paying customers have to bail. The 12 miles of coast road sports chuckholes so numerous and profound that you'll never drive your rented car over 15 miles an hour. On this island where papayas, mangoes and bananas grow wild you're likely to get canned Hawaiian pineapple juice for breakfast. No one bothers to sell fresh fruit. Once a major producer of copra, tapioca and sugar in Japan's Pacific empire, Ponape has slipped into pleasant indolence and a chronic dependence upon the U.S. taxpayer. The plantations have gone back to jungle, broken by an occasional taro patch. By U.S. standards, the average male workday must be about two hours. Last year U.S. government grants for Ponape's 12,000 people amounted to nearly $15 million -- more than $1,200per capita. A new miltimillion-dollarhospital lies empty, for the last doctor has departed in protest to the insistence by healthy Ponapeans on moving in with sick relatives. What has happened is that the welfare state ideas of Washington spenders and empire builders, bad enough where they can be watched by suspicious citizens, have run riot in these distant islands. We are ruining these naive, friendly and charming people as effectively as if we were poisoning their wells. We ought to stop it before the last Ponapean muscle atrophies into fat. Public forum rules Letters lo tin' Tribune public forum an- liinitnl In I.VI Â«onls. Xn eveep- (iiins tn this ml,. ni|| I,,, nrnnilleil. A lellei must carry litilfi the signature anil tlii aililrrss nl llie Â« r itcr. Loiters I'M'i'i'ilhli; llie Ijii-n-nril lim,| ,, r nn . l a i n i u i j lilii'lims in- possibly libelims statements Â«i|| be rrtiiriirit to the iinti'i- u i i h iiulifU-aliim uf Ilio reason fur rejection ami may III' rcsulimillert fur pllhliriilinn alter (lie chanfie |, as lii'i'ii made. All letters niuM 1Â». liruunlil In Ihe Ti-ihime in |ierson by I l i r l e l l e r w r i t e r ur ,,11,,,',- aiTanUcmenls niaile Im- prnnf ,,f anllmrslii|.
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